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The main programme DANCE stage welcomes Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Mamela Nyamza with Isingqala and amaFongkong. This double-bill features a solo work by Nyamza and a collaborative production with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company from Ethiopia. In creating Amafongkong, Mamela says that her intention was to hold an open space to explore the notion of ‘collaboration’ in all its complexities, to see how and where similar and different bodies could meet in movement. The project collaboration between Nyamza and the Ethiopian-based Adugna Dance Theatre is supported by Art Moves Africa.

The South African premiere of Desert Crossings is a journey of discovery, building bridges between two continents, tracing shared memories and the earth’s history, revealing universal hopes. This cross-cultural performance is a collaboration between UK based producers State of Emergency and South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre, performed by a company of five dancers from different cultural backgrounds, with an original score by Steve Marshall. Made possible through support from Arts Council England and Jurassic Coast, Dorset and East Devon.
Batsumi is the lyrical new work integrating songs, dance, acting and live music by Thabo Rapoo celebrating the hopes, joys and struggles in the stories of hunter-gatherers. Batsumi is presented at the National Arts Festival by Moving Into Dance Mophatong.

The Baxter Theatre will present the Remix Dance Company’s Lovaffair as a celebration of bodies and love, turning perceptions of gender and disability on its head. Adhering to the demands of contemporary dance, the performance expresses the energy and emotion of the individual. The company was founded in 2000 with the aim of bringing together more differently-abled performers onto South African stages, and to develop integrated dance locally.

The Cape Town City Ballet brings Swan Lake to the Festival. This version of the timeless classic embodying mystery and romance portrayed in sublime and ethereal movement and choreographed on Tchaikovsky’s score inspires the dancers in their portrayal of this tale of love’s triumph over evil. This version of Swan Lake is based on that of Vladimir Bourmeister and was first taught to the CAPAB Ballet Company, now the CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET, by Frenchman, Attilio Labis, in 1971. Labis had danced as a guest in Russia in several different productions and it was from these that he chose the elements to make it one of the most eclectic in the world. This is the seventeenth time that this production has been mounted for this company.

The Rajastani Folk Dance Troupe will make their South African premiere at the National Arts Festival. Songs and dance are used to describe the legendary battles that the Rajput rulers won fighting bravely. The amazingly rich music has an extraordinary individuality, tradition and flavour, which gives a unique feature and quality to the different musical sounds and fascinating rhythms. The production is funded by the Indian Consulate in Durban.

In the SA première of Madam Silk, Ireland’s foremost aerial dance theatre company, Fidget Feet, presents a visually stunning show featuring spectacular aerialists, beautiful choreography and multimedia magic. Graceful aerialists Lindsey Butcher, Chantal McCormick and Jennifer Patterson dance, sweep and spin both across the stage and through the air in a universe of veils and drapes, using dance and circus skills on fabric and hoops, with choreography by Fred Deb. Exquisite costumes by the award-winning designer Paul Shriek combine with moving music and visually arresting projections by Jym Daly, with lighting design by Jacques Bertrand. The South African premiere is funded by Culture Ireland. 

Twirling, twisting and arching her body up and around ropes, the Spanish artist who goes by the name FURA will perform two of her choreographed pieces at the National Arts Festival. Angel Heart is danced on a fixed trapeze while her piece Fourteen, inspired by the story of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges' novel The House of Asterion, is a choreographed work on vertical cloths. FURA is able to glide through the air to hypnotic music and making it all seem like a fairytale dance in the sky. The South African tour is supported by the Embassy of Spain.


 

 
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