Showcasing the dancers from the National School of the Arts, Dance Spectrum “EPIPHANY” plays at the Lesedi Theatre from 19 – 21 August.
The work includes neo-classical ballet, contemporary, Afro-Fusion and Spanish and sees the versatility of the NSA dancers well displayed.
The NSA strives to work with professional guest choreographers; this year is no exception. Timothy Le Roux, an NSA alum, has choreographed a work titled FRAGMENT ROOM. In a choreographic coup for the school, internationally acclaimed French based Vincent Mantsoe has created a LILING/// for the learners. LILING is the name of the inside, the lining, of fabric. The work reflects the seamless confluence of waves and weaves, the crossing-over with multiple strokes to create a compound structure. Audiences will delight in the iconic style of Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe, which draws on African and Western dance forms with strong elements of Asian martial arts.
NSA educators Laura Cameron, Heather Dreyer and Gillian Bonegio also have their work featured in “EPIPHANY” – Laura Cameron’s contemporary piece is titled “Strange Humours”. Heather Dreyer’s “Breaking Through” is a neo-classical work. Gillian Bonegio showcases the matric dancers in a joyous Alegrias and the other dancers in a Farruca – a brave and courageous dance originally only danced by men but since the 1960s is also performed by women following the example of the famous gipsy, Carmen Amaya.
EPIPHANY also features the learner choreographies that were awarded the highest marks in DANCE CELEBRATION as judged by Lesego van Niekerk and Khaya Ndlovu. Top Grade 11 choreographer Jayme Leigh Golding presents ESPIONAGE and Letlotlo Hailey Baloyi “The 3rd Phase”, which looks at the creative process and finding beauty in what society considers ugly.
Another international contribution to the season is the artwork for the poster, which was generously created for the NSA Dance Department by award-winning interdisciplinary Afro-German artist and NSA alumni Kai Lossgott.
(A moment of sudden insight or understanding)
“Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.”
― Constantine E. Scaros
Thursday 18 at 18:30 Low-price preview
Friday 19 at 18:30 for 19:00
Saturday 20 at 14:30 and 18:30
Sunday 21 at 14:30
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