Maqoma s new duet in dance
DANCER and choreographer Gregory Maqoma has collaborated with Spaniard Roberto Olivan for his latest offering, which will be performed at Dance Umbrella.
The week-long dance festival takes place at the Market Theatre’s Main Theatre from August 31 to September 7.
The inspiration for the work, said Maqoma, came from the realisation that he and Olivan, a friend of his, had similar experiences in dance and shared a desire to grow the art form in their countries.
He went back to Spain to develop dance, and I did the same in South Africa,” said Maqoma.
The two met 15 years ago when they were studying at the Performing Arts Research and Training School in Brussels, Belgium.
Maqoma subsequently started the Vuyani Dance Company while Olivan launched the Enclave Arts Del Moviment.
Maqoma and Olivan used their similar backgrounds as a basis for their piece, but taking on a more personal approach.
Both men are in their 40s and reflect on how their perception of dance has changed over the years.
We wanted to speak to our intuition, our inner voice and humanness.”
Maqoma said they wouldn’t have done justice to the production if they were younger, because the dialogue between the two dancers touches on their fears of growing up, developing into a new life cycle”.
Fact is, they still have strength to dance now, but as they advance in years their age will limit their physical mobility.
So does this mean the audience will get to see a slow rhythm of movement?
Maqoma was adamant: No, you’ll get see the Greg that you know.”
The dance festival, which forms part of the Arts Alive Festival, will be moving back to its original month of March next year, and Maqoma is elated.
I’m excited about it. [Dance Umbrella] had its own flagship and part of its identity was lost when it became part of Arts Alive,” he said. Other productions to look forward to include
and which was a favourite during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown last month.
It is directed by playwright and actor Sylvaine Strike and choreographed by PJ Sabbagha.
It deals with the journey of Sarah Baartman when she was taken from Cape Town to London on a ship.
There Baartman was subjected to exploitation, put on display for the amusement of whites. The story does not have a happy ending as Baartman dies and her remains, in the name of science, are preserved for display.
Choreographer Thabo Rapoo’s work will also be something to look out for as he brings on featuring on a mixed bill programme that also includes Luyanda Sidiya’s
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