Show­case for African dance

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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. Visit­fo­rum­

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