‘Curious, furious and poetic’ dance
The National Arts Festival will be held from 29 June to 9 July in Grahamstown.
The core programme has been collaboratively produced by Executive Producer Ashraf Johaardien and a 20-member Artistic Committee, with Maqoma, dance lecturer Lliane Loots and arts writer Tracey Saunders on the dance sub-committee.
At the top of the bill is 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Thandazile Radebe, who explores her fascination with the idea that, as human beings, we are required to have names. In Sabela, she excavates the tensions between names and numbers, bodies and biometrics, space and passwords.
Vincent Mantsoe’s solo work Konkoriti, named after a song about pride and arrogance that his grandmother used to sing to him, KonKoriti explores physical power and selfishness.
Unmute Dance Company (Cape Town) and Tumbuka Dance Company (Harare), have united to present Breaking Borders, moved by the acts of xenophobia in South Africa.
Dada Masilo’s Giselle will
Amake its South African debut in Grahamstown. Masilo, a former Standard Bank Young Artist, says she has aimed “to create a work that is not about forgiveness, but about deceit, betrayal, anger and heartbreak. Another interesting take on a classic is Mark Hawkins's delightful reimagining of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of the Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s 40th anniversary.
Set to Mendelssohn’s score, the ballet moves from the contemporary world of taxis, car guards and unemployed ac- tors to a fantasy world of psychedelic neon-coloured fairies dancing through bubble wrap forests at the behest of the King and Queen of the fairies.
The Main and Arena dance programmes will be complemented by an exciting and edgy Fringe programme of works from South Africa and beyond. A limited number of tickets for Dada Masilo’s Giselle as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream are available for early booking ahead of the box office opening in May.
Tickets are available on the Festival website, www.nationalartsfestival.co.za