Showcase for African dance
SOUTH African dance talent will be showcased in all its glory when the Dance Umbrella comes to town.
The 29th edition of the annual festival opens next week at the Wits Theatre Complex in Braamfontein, the Workers Museum in Newtown and at the National School of the Arts from February 23 to March 5.
This year, the dance celebration will feature 16 programmes, including Nhlanhla Mahlangu’s The Workers CHANT, about unsung heroes who built Joburg. The piece will open the festival at the Workers Museum on February 23 and 24.
Another piece to look out for is Corps, which was collaborated by Moeketsi Koena, Gaby Saranouffi and Denis Rion.
The visual dance number will explore the transporting links that connect the real and unreal through photography and dance. It will focus on the ancestral history of this country, Madagascar and France. It will be performed at the Wits Theatre.
Other dance work to look out for includes The Fringe Programme, featuring about 30 new pieces from young choreographers.
The festival closes on Sunday, March 5, with the Young Artists Programme, where six young choreographers will present new works. Tickets to the shows range from R20 to R120. Visit www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za