Performance that unites schools in spectacular dance

2010-05-13 00:00

DANCERS from schools in Pietermaritzburg and the midlands are set to wow audiences at Funk, the annual dance spectacular at Hilton College Theatre from May 15 to 19.

Lynn Chemaly, organiser of the event, said that Funk evolved as an idea to unite schools in working towards a common goal; to give drama pupils and their teachers the opportunity of creating and rehearsing pieces of dance theatre for public performance; and, most important of all, to enable young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre are accessible to them and are not only in the hands of professional adult dance companies.

“The task for each school remains constant: to create a five to seven- minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual­ accompaniment,” she added.

“The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities and provides the perfect opportunity for schools to experiment with new forms.

“It is also important to emphasise that this platform is not a competition, and should not be seen in the same light as a sports festival or inter-house 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.

“[And] the highlight of the production is always the mass group finale which incorporates all the schools together on the stage.”

Funk is produced by The Theatre — St Anne’s College and The Hilton College Theatre. It is directed by Chemaly­, with technical design by David Muller, the finale creation by Moira Filmer, and production administration by Doreen Stanley and Sheryl Hodkin.

See it on May 15, 17, 18 and 19 at 7.30 pm at the Hilton College Theatre. Tickets are R44 and can be booked via e-mail at tickets@hiltoncollege. com or by phoning 033 383 0126.

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