Posts Tagged ‘Siva’

Julia Burnham performs in this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist winner for dance, Luyanda Sidiya’s (director and choreographer) production, Siva (Seven), at Alec Mullins venue in Grahamstown on 7 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Siva is performed by the Vuyani Dance Theatre. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

Dance at this year’s Festival seemed exceptionally introspective: from taking a long, refreshing drink of itself, to explorations of contemporary South African identities in all their guises, it has been one helluva ride.

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Directed and choreographed by Luyanda Sidiya, Siva is performed by the Vuyani Dance Theatre. Sidiya is the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Dance.  Photo: CuePix/Niamh Walsh-Vorster

Take one thousand and one dance moves, drawing on the best of contemporary and African dance, executed with graceful strength and relaxed precision. Add the soulful strains of a jazz sax and the syncopated rhythm of a thumb harp merging with African and Western drums. Throw in a dash of candle light and ceiling-to-stage zebra stripes and you have Siva.

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Dance on the Main this year seems to be exploring themes of integration and wholeness, an especially arduous quest for the artist. Two dances on the Main and one on the Fringe interpret the work of Vaslav Nijinsky, the renowned dancer and choreographer for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes who spent much of his latter life in and out of mental institutions.

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