Tongaat dance company at Playhouse

2017-04-27 06:02
Dancers of the Rampage Dance Company ready for the Eastern Evening that will take place in Playhouse Drama Theatre. Photo: supplied

Dancers of the Rampage Dance Company ready for the Eastern Evening that will take place in Playhouse Drama Theatre. Photo: supplied

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SIX teams representing dance groups around Durban under the Rampage Dance Company (RDC) are gearing up for the new season of the Eastern Evening that will play at the Playhouse Drama Theatre tomorrow, April 21.

The Eastern Evening, titled One Step Further, will feature dance teams representing dance schools from Reservoir Hills, Verulam, Tongaat and other areas in Durban.

The RDC’s intention is to promote integration among South African dance expressions.

RDC’s artistic director, Iqraam Rahim (31) told Coastal Weekly: “We cater to the bridal and showline markets, appreciating dance from a South African perspective, amalgamating various styles of dance within a Bollywood framework.

“Rampage Dance Company uses dance for cognitive, social and physical development.”

Rahim attended Seatides Combined School in Tongaat and studied dance in Mumbai at the Shiamak Davar Institute for the performing arts.

“In recent years we have worked with primary and secondary schools. This year it is an open competition including, for the first time, dance schools.”

He said that Eastern Evening was born in 2013 and has proved to be a very successful initiative.

“Since then we have collaborated with international choreographer Kshitij Vaishnav and local choreographer Danny Guselli even producing choreographer Yuthika Nagessur.

“The programme provides a safe space for the youth to speak back to their cultural identities adding flavour to the melting pot of performing arts locally. This programme is to visit India in December, hoping to gain a place in the global dance fraternity.”

Competing teams are Shrenash Dance Company (Chatsworth), Logasen Moodley Dance Company (Chatsworth), N.S. Dance Institute (Reservoir Hills), Kumari Shiksha Dance Institute (Phoenix), Team Mountview (Verulam) and Team Seatides.

The judges are George Louis Mthembu, Clinton Marius and Evashnee Pillay.

According to a press release Rahim is known as the dance guru by the Durban dance fraternity, who takes a mathematical approach to his choreography incorporating music and momentum over a geometric grid.

Currently championing to standardise teaching methods at dance schools, he has worked with various educational institutions locally and for the first time is working on a collaborative with various dance schools.

Tickets for the Eastern Evening are R150 per person, through Computicket and at Shoprite Checkers.

Phone bookings can be made on 0861 915 8000 or log onto www.computicket.com or via The Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 031 369 9596.

SIX teams representing dance groups around Durban under the Rampage Dance Company (RDC) are gearing up for the new season of the Eastern Evening that will play at the Playhouse Drama Theatre tomorrow, April 21.

The Eastern Evening this year is titled One Step Further, will feature dance teams representing dance schools from Reservoir Hills, Verulam, Tongaat and other areas in Durban. 

The RDC’s intention is to promote integration among South African dance expressions.

RDC’s artistic director, Iqraam Rahim (31) told Coastal Weekly: “We cater to the bridal and showline markets, appreciating dance from South African perspective, amalgamating various styles of dance within a Bollywood framework. Rampage Dance Company uses dance for cognitive, social and physical development.”

Rahim attended Seatides Combined School in Tongaat and studied dance in Mumbai at the Shiamak Davar Institute for the performing arts.

Rahim said: “In recent years we have worked with primary and secondary schools. This year it is an open competition including, for the first time, dance schools.”

He said that Eastern Evening was born in 2013 and has proved to be a very successful initiative.

“Since then we have collaborated with international choreographer Kshitij Vaishnav and local choreographer Danny Guselli even producing choreographer Yuthika Nagessur. The programme provides a safe space for the youth to speak back to their own cultural identities adding flavor to the melting pot of performing arts locally. This prgramme is to visit India in December, hoping to gain a place in the global dance fraternity.”

Competing teams are Shrenash Dance Company (Chatsworth), Logasen Moodley Dance Company (Chatsworth), N.S Dance Institute (Reservoir Hills), Kumari Shiksha Dance Institute (Phoenix), Team Mountview (Verulam) and Team Seatides.
The judges are George Louis Mthembu, Clinton Marius and Evashnee Pillay.

Fondly known as the dance guru by the Durban dance fraternity, Rahim takes a very mathematical approach to his choreography incorporating music and momentum over a geometric grid.

Currently championing the champion to standardise teaching methods amongst dance schools, he has worked with various educational institutions locally and for the first time is working on a collaborative with various dance schools.  

Tickets for the Eastern Evening are R150 per person, available through Computicket outlets at branches of Shoprite Checkers.

Phone bookings can be made on 0861 915 8000 or log onto www.computicket.com or via the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540/031-369 9596.

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