Posts Tagged ‘vuyani dance theatre’

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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The production begins and ends with the thundering, booming, gnashing sounds of earth and rock, within which five dancers move jerkily into life. The dark, bare stage becomes the elemental environment that casts evolutionary transition and human experience into slanted planes of light. Desert Crossings’ preoccupations with humanity and heritage – both natural and cultural – produce sweeping visions of time, place, transformation, relationship and dispossession.

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