Bax­ter tal­ent show­case

Cape Argus - - METRO - Staff Re­porter

THE AN­NUAL Bax­ter Dance Fes­ti­val re­turns for its 14th in­stal­ment with 32 works by 54 chore­og­ra­phers per­formed over 10 days.

Open­ing this year’s fes­ti­val is Rolex Men­tor and Pro­tégé Lau­re­ate (2004) Ju­naid Je­mal Sendi and Ad­disu De­missie Ki­fle from the Destino Dance Com­pany based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The open­ing night pro­gramme will also in­clude a short film about the process of cre­at­ing: A Hold­ing Space.

As the largest and most es­tab­lished dance event of its kind in the Western Cape, the Bax­ter Dance Fes­ti­val, with a dy­namic and di­verse pro­gramme, is a must-see for all dance en­thu­si­asts.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2004 the fes­ti­val has show­cased over 4 000 dancers from more than 400 stu­dios. While fund­ing is lim­ited, the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to grow each year, mak­ing it the ideal fes­ti­val to ex­pe­ri­ence the di­ver­sity and enor­mous dance tal­ent in the prov­ince.

The event is the ideal en­vi­ron­ment to ex­pe­ri­ence and see dance as it fo­cuses on the en­dorse­ment and de­vel­op­ment of the art form in the Western Cape.

“Each year, the grow­ing num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions re­minds me of the need to sup­port, en­cour­age and ad­vo­cate dance in the Western Cape and sur­round­ing ar­eas,” said Ni­co­lette Moses, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the fes­ti­val.

“There is a strong lo­cal dance com­mu­nity in the city, prov­ince and beyond, and the Bax­ter Dance Fes­ti­val, be­ing the only plat­form of this kind, is there­fore an in­te­gral part of pro­mot­ing this art form.” Moses, who is also as­so­ciate pro­ducer and plan­ning man­ager at the Bax­ter The­atre Cen­tre, said it was im­por­tant that not only the dance com­mu­nity showed sup­port for such events but that the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors joined in too.

The Bax­ter Dance Fes­ti­val opens on Oc­to­ber 4 and runs un­til Oc­to­ber 13. The full pro­gramme can be viewed on http://www.bax­ter.co.za/shows/bax­ter-dance-fes­ti­val-2018/ |

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