Award-winning dance at St Anne’s

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Mark Tatham (left) and Daniel Geddes in Burn.

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BY BILLY SUTER

AN ACCLAIMED dance work that explores the tense relationship between Earth and humankind, and how the two hold each other ransom, is at the core of Burn, to be staged at The Theatre- St Anne’s College, Hilton, at 7.30pm on Thursday (February 2).

Presented by Liquid Fusion in collaboration with Matchbox Theatre Collective, the production has been choreographed and directed by Bailey Snyman, and features Daniel Geddes and Mark Tatham.

Tickets for the work – which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at last year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown – cost R70 (R50 concessions) and booking is at 033-343 6100 or via twoodgate@stannes.co.za

Burn shows there is no fate but what we make for ourselves. This epic tale is about man’s discovery of the world he inhabits and the consequences of his unprecedented failure to preserve this relationship, says a spokesman.

Two men navigate creation, the art of war and the desolation of post-apocalyptic destruction.

Mark Tatham (behind) and Daniel Geddesin Burn.
Mark Tatham (behind) and Daniel Geddesin Burn.

“We will wake up one day and the world will be on fire. Fire exists as a duality of life and death; it nurtures and threatens,” says the spokesman, adding that the work was inspired, in part, by Fire on the Mountain by Arthur Golding.

“Fire represents a tool that separates humankind from the animals, and represents both savagery and hope. Burn walks the tenuous line between the past, present and future of our collective history with fire.

“It results in an explosive conclusion that comments on the visible effects of our inability to preserve our precious resources.”

To see the trailers for Burn click here or here.

Some information about those involved………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

BAILEY SNYMAN
Bailey is an award-winning choreographer (SBYA for dance 2012) and a published academic with a Master’s degree in Choreography and Contemporary performance. Currently he is registered as a Doctoral Candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Bailey is a passionate lecturer of dance, choreography, theatre design and performing arts management at the University of Pretoria drama department.

As a co-founder and associate artistic director of Matchbox Theatre Collective, Bailey continuously strives to re-invigorate the South African dance scene by inspiring young rising talents.

That is how his career started and now he wants to pay it forward.

 

DANIEL GEDDES
D
aniel is a dancer, actor, physical theatre performer, musician and composer, based in Johannesburg. He completed his Honours degree in Dramatic Arts at Wits University in 2014, majoring in Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre and Writing Studies.

In addition to Burn, Pilcrow, a dance play in which he performed, wrote, and for which he composed music, won a development grant from Nedbank and the Arts and Culture Trust in 2015.

He co-directed and danced in Ira, a show that won ‘Best Physical Theatre Production’ at Krekvars Student Arts Festival at the University of Pretoria, 2014. It also won the Leon Gluckman Prize for the ‘Best Piece of Creative Work’ at Wits University in the same year. In his personal capacity, Daniel has composed and performed the music for several theatre productions and dance works, including most recently, Burn.

In 2015, he was employed as Associate Musical Director at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre.

As a writer, he has had his work read at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, as well as work at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

 

MARK TATHAM
Mark is a dancer, actor, director, choreographer and theatre maker. He finished his Honours degree in Dramatic Arts at Wits University in 2014, majoring in Physical Theatre, Performance Studies and Musical Theatre.

He has done work at the National Children’s Theatre in 2015 and 2016 as a dancer and actor in Khokho’s Treasure, directed by Francois Theron.

In early 2016, he completed a residency at The Freezer Theatre in Iceland where he performed in three new Liquid Fusion productions.

In addition to Burn, he performed and assisted in directing Pilcrow, which won a development grant from Nedbank and the Arts and Culture Trust in 2015.

He co-directed and performed in Ira, a show that won ‘Best Physical Theatre Production’ at Krekvars Student Arts Festival at the University of Pretoria, 2014. It also won the Leon Gluckman Prize for the ‘Best Piece of Creative Work’ at Wits University in the same year.

 

 


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