The Last Attitude by Nelisiwe Xaba and Mamela Nyamza The Dance Factory February 27 and 28 Two veterans of South African dance join forces to (re)consider the pas de deux – a canon of classical dance largely performed by a man and his female partner. In the work, the role of the ballerina is playfully investigated and reassigned, as both choreographers continue their exploration of ballet and its effect on contemporary practice. This preview will be the first showing of the work before it’s unveiled in New York later this year. Ketima by Gregory Maqoma The Market theatre March 2 and 3 I got a sneak peak of rehearsals for Vuyani Dance Theatre’s Ketima late last year while Maqoma was preparing for his 25-year dance-iversary, and it looks like it’s going to be another powerful piece. The quartet considers how we grow into movement, going all the way back to crawling. Hero by Ivan Estegneev and PJ Sabbagha The Market theatre March 5 and 6 Masculinity comes under the spotlight in a piece that observes the way men, in performance and through their actions, discover their identity. It’s one of the first collaborations from Sabbagha’s new dance academy in Mpumalanga, where Russian Estegneev has been working as a dancer in residence. New Dance Soweto Theatre March 6 An exciting line-up of bite-sized 20-minute works from some of South Africa’s most promising up-and-coming choreographers. There’s no guarantee of what you’ll see at this one, but that’s what makes the New Dance programme such fun.