Young Choreographers Residency Programme

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Dance Umbrella’s principal funder, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, has allocated funding to Dance Forum, the management company of Dance Umbrella 2012, for the Young Choreographers’ Residency programme which will take place during the festival, from February 22 to March 3, 2012.
It has always been a prime objective of Dance Forum to discover and nurture young dance practitioners and the residency programme affords them this opportunity once again. Dance Forum has consistently continued to provide innovative and exciting platforms for the artistic development of young dance-makers. The national significance of this skills transmission and networking is apparent in the impact that it has had on the up-and-coming young dance practitioners of the last decade.

The inaugural Choreographic Residency was held at the 2003 Dance Umbrella.  Alfred Hinkel, renowned former Artistic Director of Jazzart Dance Theatre, Cape Town, will drive the 2012 Choreographic Residency programme. He will be assisted by David Thatanelo April, Dance Umbrella 2012 Project manager.

Hinkel established his first dance company in the Northern Cape in 1976. In the early ‘80s he spent a few years in Windhoek, Namibia where he co-founded a contemporary dance company, Dial Dance Company, with Di Sparks. He subsequently relocated to Cape Town and in 1986 he bought the Jazzart Dance Studios. Over the next two decades he steered and nurtured the establishment of one of South Africa’s premier performing arts training and performance institutions, The Jazzart Dance Theatre. During his tenure as artistic director (June 1986 – Feb 2010) the impact of Jazzart’s work resonated within the South African dance industry both at the level of training and performance.

Participants in the Young Choreographers Residency programme include more experienced dance practitioners working with younger up and coming artists: Kieron Jina, Thabo Rapoo, Lucky Kele, Leigh Nudelman and Bailey Snyman from Johannesburg; Jamila Rodrigues from Cape Town, Vusi Makanya from Durban and Christopher Samuels, Byron Klassen and Illse Samuels from Northern Cape. “I am looking forward to working with these young dance practitioners”, said Hinkel “and I hope to ‘shift’ them on many and various levels”.

Performances of Hinkel’s new work on the main programme of Dance Umbrella 2012 are on February 21, 22 and 23 at the Market Theatre at 19:30. Dansmetdieduiwels, created by Hinkel with assistant choreographer John Linden, is the story of a young man from the Northern Cape who had an affinity for working with young people, and how his intentions were misunderstood and ultimately caused tragedy! This programme is not for persons under the age of 16.

Dance Umbrella 2012 extends a thank you to its many partners, without whom the festival would not have been presented: The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (Principal funder); The National Arts Council; Goethe-Institut Johannesburg; Rand Merchant Bank; Embassy of Belgium Delegation of the Flemish Government, French Institute of South Africa; French Consul; Culture Dutch Flemish Diary in South Africa; BASA and Joburg. The Dance Forum also thanks Splitbeam the Theatre and Professional Rental Specialists for the technical back-up at the Dance Factory. Other technical partners include Matrix Sound, Avstage and Innovation.

Bookings for Dance Umbrella 2012 performances at the Wits Theatre, Market Theatre and the Dance Factory can be made by calling Computicket - 083 915 8000 /

Bookings for performances at the Goodman on Main at Arts on Main and the Old Johannesburg Stock Exchange can be made by calling 011 492 2033.

Ticket prices range from R30 to R100.

For Block booking discounts and Dance Umbrella 2012 hot-line for programme updates call 083 570 3083.

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Other Highlights

Stepping Stones:A wonderful celebration of the wide diversity of South African dance. Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19 @ 10:00:The Wits Theatre.

The Young Choreographers Workshop Programme: Facilitated by Alfred Hinkel, this ten day workshop will assist young choreographers in finding new tools to creating dance works.

Dance Writers Workshop: Funded by the Goethe Institute: Johannesburg a workshop for dance writers will be facilitated by Mary Corrigall. The participants will go through a process of learning more about reviewing and writing about dance and dance articles by the participants and other selected journalists will be written for a special edition of Dance Umbrella 2012.

Face to Face Discussions: Selected choreographers will discuss their work with Adrienne Sichel and audience members are welcome to attend and take part in the conversation. These face to face meetings will take place at selected times after performances or during the day. Watch press for details.