Dance connections at gallery

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Members of Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company in action at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.

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BY BILLY SUTER

FOUR dancers from Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company plan to create an evening to spark the senses, a dance work that will echo in the big and small spaces of the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood, from 6.15pm on Friday, February 17.

The company, under the direction of Lliane Loots, continues its partnership with the art gallery, on the edge of Bulwer Park, with this once-off, specially conceptualised performance, titled Connections Between a Quartet.

The work uses all the spaces of the KZNSA to evoke a journey through a site; a journey through the deeply interior (and ever moving) identities of the four dancers as they collaborative create an evening to spark the senses, and which echo in the big and small spaces of the gallery, says a release from publicist Sharlene Versfeld.

“Jabu Siphika, Zinhle Nzama, Sifiso Khumalo and Tshediso Kabulu, seamlessly move into the role of both choreographer and dancer as they begin to explore the nature of their own connections to one another, and their connections to inner struggles around identity.

“As the dancers begin to metaphorically and physically peel off their layers of clothing, they reveal the vulnerable self that cannot but move audiences.”

Directed and facilitated by Flatfoot’s artistic director Loots, this ‘event’ is a space to allow the emerging (and now award-winning) artistic and choreographic voices of the four dancers to shine.

“The dance company has a reputation for offering politically-charged dance theatre and this work is no exception. Small site-specific relationship vignettes play out between dancers who seamlessly move and flow between one another in close encounters,” says Loots.

The gallery space allows for a more intimate engagement with the dance work and is ideal for a slightly voyeuristic look into the lives of others.

As Loots says: “The four dancers have created a landscape of intimate and deeply profound personal storytelling, and I feel we are seeing the new generation of Durban’s choreographers being born. Do not miss it!”

Tickets cost R50 can be bought up to 40 minutes before the show. The KZNSA Coffee Shop will be open at this time.


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