Funky dance show from midlands schools

2009-05-06 00:00

THIS year’s edition of Funk — the tenth — promises to be the best yet. Started in 2000, the dance show brings together pupils from 10 to 12 schools to present choreography and dance theatre on one platform.

This year’s event — which takes place in the Hilton College Theatre from May 9 to May 13 — will showcase works by dancers from Alexandra High School, Epworth, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, Howick High School, Maritzburg College, Russell High School, St Anne’s Diocesan College, St John’s DSG and St Nicholas.

Programme director Lynn Chemaly said: “Funk continues to generate tremendous excitement and has become a firm favourite on the annual school production calendar.

“It evolved as an idea to create a dance programme for schools with very specific aims. Firstly, to unite schools in working towards a common goal; secondly, to give drama students and their teachers the opportunity to create and rehearse pieces of dance theatre for public performance; thirdly, and perhaps most importantly of all, to enable young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre is accessible to them and is not only in the hands of professional adult dance companies.”

Each school has to present a five- to seven-minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment they want.

Chemaly was keen to stress, however, that Funk 2009 is not a competition: “Every piece on the programme is valued for its individual form and style and the overall contribution that it makes to the programme’s diversity. The highlight of the production is always the mass group finale which incorporates all the schools together in one choreography.”

‘Funk 2009’ can be seen at the Hilton College Theatre at 7.30 pm on May 9, 11, 12 and 13. Tickets can be booked at 033 383 0126. ‘Funk 2009’ can be seen at the Hilton College Theatre at 7.30 pm on May 9, 11, 12 and 13. Tickets can be booked at 033 383 0126.

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