Local duo bring their rising stars to Baxter

2015-05-05 06:00
Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf in “Most honest man”, part of Grant and Shaun: A double bill of dance.

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Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf in “Most honest man”, part of Grant and Shaun: A double bill of dance. PHOTO: Oscar O’ Ryan

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Two of Cape Town’s hottest young ­talents on the local dance and theatre scene join forces for a short run at the Baxter’s Flipside stage.

Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf are performing a brand new work, “Most honest man”, and their critically acclaimed “The architecture of tears” in Grant and Shaun: A double bill of dance. It is already showing and will be on daily until Saturday.

UCT graduates Mdu Kweyama and Alex McCarthy will also make their debut as artists-in-residence at the Baxter in “Most honest man”, with help from the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation. Kweyama heads the production as director and choreographer, with dramaturgy and assistant direction by resident playwright McCarthy.

Based on Shakespeare’s Othello, “Most honest man” looks at the relationship between Othello (performed by Grant) and ­Iago (performed by Shaun), exploring the notions of sexual jealousy and its power to destroy.

Grant and Shaun are two of South Africa’s fastest rising young dance talents, ­making a name for themselves and their company, Figure of Eight Dance Collective (FO8), which they established in 2014.

The company recently performed at the Fleur du Cap awards in a routine choreographed by Grant.

Last year they teamed up with dancer-musician Thabisa Dinga and choreographer-director Ananda Fuchs to create “The architecture of tears”, an exploration into the human responses to attraction beyond gender and social correctness.

It was performed to great acclaim at last year’s Cape Town Fringe and Baxter Dance Festival and earlier this year at the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg.

For this season at the Baxter, Ciara Barron will perform the female role today, and Thabisa Dinga will take over from her from Wednesday to Saturday.


Tickets, available at Computicket, cost R60 for the matinee performance at 15:00 on Saturday and R100 for all other performances

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