Dance for women – and Africa

A standout moment from We Are Still Marching, a dance work returning to Durban’s Playhouse Drama after having impressed there last year

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BY BILLY SUTER

DURBAN dance fans have a double treat soon with two acclaimed works scheduled for the Playhouse Drama – one this week (May 24 to 28)  and the other from June 7 to 11.

The production being showcased this week is back by popular demand after a critically and publically acclaimed season at the Playhouse last year.

It is We Are Still Marching, scheduled for five performances for schools at 10am daily, and public performances at 7.30pm on Saturday (May 27) and 2.30pm on Sunday (May 28), as part of The Playhouse Company’s New Stages season.

Choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau, of Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM), this fine work features dancers from two award-winning dance companies: the Playhouse Dance Residency and MIDM.

scene from We Are Still Marching, choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau.

“The piece explores the struggles faced by women in Southern Africa, from the apartheid era to present day,” says a Playhouse spokesman.

“It is a reminder of incidents such as the Women’s March of 1956, the bus boycott and the recent mass #FeesMustFall campaign, and of the fact that even 22 years after the first democratic elections in South Africa, the struggle continues and women are still marching.”

We Are Still Marching is further described as “a magnificent celebration of women, their lives and their commitment.  It promises to be an exciting, unforgettable experience for all lovers of dance”.

Tickets for the schools performances cost R30 and can be booked by telephoning (031) 369 9407. Tickets for the public performances cost R60. Book at Computicket.

Headed for the same theatre in June is Dance, Africa, Dance!, said to be a vibrant, large-scale, original musical theatre production. It will showcase creative talent from throughout Africa.

The Playhouse performances will be  ahead of the production travelling to Russia as part of the African support team for Cameroon during the Confederation Cup.

“Creative livewire Sifiso Mthethwa and his Vision Faces team have conceived a 100% original production which talks to Africa’s inclusive inherent love of soccer, dance and music,” says a spokesman.

The 50-strong company comprises performers, dancers, musicians, drummers and support staff. It is multi-national collaborative company of dancers and musicians from KwaZulu-Natal, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana.

The production uses English as its central language, while incorporating Mother-tongue influences and themes from participating nations.

Booking for Dance, Africa, Dance! is at Computicket outlets.


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