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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.


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