Hot­shot dancers set for Jozi show­piece

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The cream of the crop of Eastern Cape dancers will on Mon­day rep­re­sent the province in a dance ex­trav­a­ganza in Jo­han­nes­burg.

The 10 dancers, some of them lead­ers of their re­spec­tive groups, on Fri­day show­cased their dance pro­duc­tion at the Guild Theatre in East Lon­don, which they will per­form with their coun­ter­parts from the Free State and the North West on Mon­day.

They have fused dif­fer­ent dance tech­niques, which in­clude bal­let, con­tem­po­rary, hip-hop and tra­di­tional in chore­ographed moves.

Be­fore show­cas­ing their pro­duc­tion on Fri­day, the dancers had a two-week work­shop where they pol­ished their moves.

The dancers are ex­pected to cre­ate a 20-minute pro­duc­tion that will be part of their joint pro­duc­tion with two other provinces in Jo­han­nes­burg.

They will per­form the “con­nec­tions” dance ex­trav­a­ganza with the two provinces. They left for Jo­han­nes­burg on Fri­day.

The Eastern Cape Pro­vin­cial Arts and Cul­ture Coun­cil (ECPACC) col­lab­o­rated with Mov­ing Into Dance Mopha­tong (MIDM) through their “con­nec­tions” project to train the 10 per­form­ing dancers from the Eastern Cape.

The dancers in­clude well­known chore­og­ra­pher Sim­phiwe Mba and Simvuyele Hala, a mem­ber of Un­stop­pable Youth which re­cently won a pro­vin­cial ta­lent search com­pe­ti­tion.

“I am hon­oured that my group chose me to rep­re­sent them and the Buf­falo City in this dance ex­trav­a­ganza.

“Our dance pro­duc­tion show­cases dif­fer­ent cul­tures and pro­motes that we go back to our roots and em­brace them,” said Hala be­fore leav­ing for Jo­han­nes­burg with the team.

Mba said he had learnt a lot dur­ing the work­shops.

“I was taken out of my com­fort zone. We were taught dif­fer­ent dance tech­niques from the ones we are used to.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time that one re­ally could not let slip away,” he said.

MIDM se­nior staffer Te­boho Letele said: “MIDM uses cre­ative medium of dance and per­form­ing arts to train, ed­u­cate, de­velop and em­power youth and adults, es­pe­cially those who are eco­nom­i­cally un­der­priv­i­leged and un­em­ployed.”

ECPACC CEO Phumeza Skoti said it was im­por­tant to sup­port lo­cal artists as that was part of their man­date.

“Art is very im­por­tant. It trans­forms lives and ejects some­thing out of the heart. Art must travel. It must be con­sumed by ev­ery­one.

“The Eastern Cape is rich in ta­lent and we de­cided that we should show­case the group’s dance pro­duc­tion at the Guild Theatre to­day so that peo­ple from the Eastern Cape en­joy their ta­lent be­fore it is show­cased in other provinces,” said Skoti.

I am hon­oured that my group chose me to rep­re­sent them and the Buf­falo City in this dance ex­trav­a­ganza

Pic­tures: MICHAEL PINYANA

ON SHOW: The best of the Eastern Cape dancers col­lec­tively known as Con­nec­tion 2, seen here at the Guild Theatre in East Lon­don where they showed the home crowd what they will be do­ing in Gaut­eng as they rep­re­sent the province.

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