Category: Contemporary Dance

Khaya Ndlovu performs in ‘Silent Prints’ at Centenary Hall, St. Andrews College, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, 08 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Khaya Ndlovu is the Director, choreographer and dancer along with Zanele Ndlove as the Vocalist. CuePix/Pearla Berg.

Every once in a while a blurb in the programme is so intriguing that you take the time to check it out. Sometimes you discover a gem. This happened to me at Khaya Ndlovu’s Silent Prints. An explosive gem.
Two feet and hands, held together by an energized elastic body and accompanied by a VOICE, embark on a powerful exploration of African women’s identity.

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Carlton Zhanelo perfoms in the Tumbuka dance company production, portrait of myself as my father, at Alec Mullins venue in Grahamstown on 3 July 2015; at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The dance is choreographed by Nora Chipaumire; the Zimbabwean rooted dance celebrates masculinity, the African body and the Zimbabwean self. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

The Tumbuka Dance Company’s offering of Portrait of Myself as My Father brings a delightful energy and spirit to African dance and music that made more than one audience member dance in their seat and the aisles.

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Vishanthi Arumugam in Nicola Elliot's Brusing at the National Arts Festival Grahamstown, Friday 11 July 2014. While the work investigates love, it also considers the theatrical medium itself, carefully deconstructing the very form it is using. (Photo: CuePix/Gabriella Fregona)

Nicola Elliott’s Bruising is minimal without being minimalistic, simple without being simplistic. In many ways the production (by this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance) can better be described by what it isn’t than what it is. It is not entertainment and it is non-linear. What the production is, though, will vary from audience member to audience member.

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no air

Much like a Lady Gaga music video, No Air brought an eerie, unsettling but mesmerising dance performance to the stage.

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earth

Tossie van Tonder is covered in white paint, dressed in a white satin slip, wearing white beads. She is lying on her back. She painstakingly makes her way to standing, facing the audience, her trembling arms outstretched. A projection of a butterfly flickers up her legs and crosses her abdomen.

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beyond 18

Dim lights reveal an office desk and chairs in the centre of the stage. The theatre is humming with the audience’s whispered conversations. To my left, two girls, clad in high heels, heavy make-up and tight pants sit. “Really? Heels in Grahamstown?” I think.

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Capture 2

Consol glass lamps along the aisles, a cursory smidgeon of shadow puppetry, a small video projection left of stage and a white frock in a glass box are among the props that confound this dance tribute to outsider artist Helen Martins, known for her Owl House in Nieu Bethesda.

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The play of light and dark and the resulting shadows create a sensuous metaphor for the exploration of relationships in the new Matchbox Theatre Collective production, If These Bodies Could Speak.

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glass 13_33

Broken glass bottles litter the stage as a mixed group of local dancers embody the spirit of outsider artist Helen Martins. The spectacle included Grand Jetés, marvellous lifts, a mixture of fast and slow movements and grotesque facial expressions. The result was a spectacle almost as mesmerising as Helen Martin’s owl house.

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rcs

Michelle Avenant reflects on Rust Coloured Skirt, informed by her personal relationship with Garage Productions.

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