The dances you must see
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 computicket.com
The Last Attitude (left) and Ketima