The dances you must see

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It’s Dance Um­brella again, and we’ve picked four great pro­duc­tions for you:

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 nor­mally per­formed by a woman and her male part­ner. 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

We 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 is in the spot­light in a piece that ob­serves the way men, in per­for­mance and through their ac­tions, dis­cover their iden­tity.

New Dance Soweto Theatre March 6 An ex­cit­ing line-up of bite-sized 20minute works from up-and-com­ing chore­og­ra­phers. – Gar­reth van Niek­erk Tick­ets R80 to R150 at com­

The Last At­ti­tude (left) and Ke­tima


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