Pro dancer brings class act to Guild

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TO mark their 20th an­niver­sary, Mozam­bique's first con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany ‘Cul­turArte” is bring­ing their out­stand­ing tour to the Guild The­atre next week­end.

Cul­turArte, a lead­ing in­sti­tu­tion for dance in Mozam­bique, was founded by in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned chore­og­ra­pher and dancer Panaibra Gabriel Canda.

The dance com­pany pro­vides sup­port for new cre­ations and per­for­mances, artis­tic de­vel­op­ment and train­ing pro­grammes for dance projects and South­ern African artists.

The tour forms part of The Swiss Arts Coun­cil Pro Hel­ve­tia Win­ter Pro­gramme, which will be cel­e­brat­ing 20 years in South Africa.

The tour in­cludes a col­lab­o­ra­tive dou­ble bill by ac­claimed Swiss chore­og­ra­pher Thomas Hauert, whose com­pany ZOO, also joins hands in cel­e­brat­ing their own 20-year mile­stone this year.

Pro Hel­ve­tia Pro­gramme Man­ager, Rucera Seethal. said the en­dur­ing 60-minute dance solo ex­plores a cri­sis of iden­tity and de­con­structs cul­tural rep­re­sen­ta­tions of a “pure” African body.

“Ac­com­pa­nied by gui­tarist, Jorge Domin­gos, Canda dances and speaks about to­day's African body: a post-colo­nial, plu­ral body that has ab­sorbed the ideals of na­tion­al­ism, moder­nity, so­cial­ism and free­dom of ex­pres­sion,” said Seethal.

The Marrabenta So­los will jour­ney through Mozam­bique's com­plex his­tory, a fea­ture car­ried in the Marrabenta – a mu­si­cal form born in the 1950s from a mix of Mozam­bi­can and Euro­pean in­flu­ences.

The tour is sup­ported by the Swiss Arts Coun­cil Pro Hel­ve­tia and the Swiss Agency for De­vel­op­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion.

The tour starts on July 7.

Pic­ture: JORGE GON­CALVES

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