Asking questions

2008-05-08 00:00

COMING to the Hexagon on May 16 and 17 is A Fish out of Water, the new season of dance theatre work from the Flatfoot Dance Company.

The show is choreographed by Lliane Loots in collaboration with the dancers and features poets and hip-hop sound masters Iain “Ewok” Robinson and Nathan “King B.” Redpath, with video installations by Karen Logan.

A Fish out of Water tells the story of us as contemporary South Africans delving into the very personal lives of the performers and the choreographer whose life stories echo our own concerns and issues. As the stories unfold, the audience begins to understand why they all feel like a fish out of water, wanting to slip back into the element that allows us to breath, and to be fully human again.

Loots explains that, “this dance work began out of a question that I have recently been asking myself often, and then went on to ask the dancers. I wanted to know what it is in us that makes us feel ‘buried’, and what would allow us to surface again — especially at this moment in our South African history. This is a difficult and painful question but one that allowed me and the dancers to begin the journey of this work”.

As this multi-layered dance theatre work begins, using original word rhyme from Ewok and King B., tender and thought-provoking video installations from Logan, and some extra-ordinary contemporary dance, the audience is set to navigate an experience that also asks them what they might need to “surface” again.

Shows are at 6 pm and tickets cost R70 (R35 concessions). To book, phone 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za Tickets will also be available at the door.

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