Using dance to help understanding

2010-03-18 00:00

FLATFOOT Dance Company, which recently performed to a packed house at St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, will be staging Talking Spirits, a summer season of three new dance theatre works, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Durban and the Hexagon Theatre at UKZN Pietermaritzburg.

The works have been choreographed by Durban’s Sifiso Majola, Jürg Koch from Seattle in the United States, and Sifiso E. Kweyama from Johannesburg.

The talking spirits of the title are the three choreographers, who all come from different geographical spaces and places, and who use dance to help those watching understand African ritual, the desire for home and belonging, and to embrace the music tunes on radio as the soundtrack of our lives.

The evening begins with Majola’s Akundlela Engayi Ekhaya, a haunting duet full of unresolved challenges, the need to make choices and a decision to live with no regrets. The work was initially commissioned by the FNB Dance Umbrella in 2009, and offers KwaZulu-Natal audiences the chance to see one of the country’s newest choreographic stars, showcase his work.

Koch’s piece, Meanwhile, is a world premier for Flatfoot. Having travelled from Seattle to work with the company, he has spent the past five weeks creating a quirky and lyrically challenging work in which the dancers move in lateral progressions across the stage, missing one another, connecting sometimes and all the while a chance turn on the dial of a FM radio makes the soundtrack.

The final work is Kweyama’s Circle, a haunting dance theatre piece which began as an exploration of traditional values around storytelling and its place in both ancient and contemporary African society. It combines contemporary dance technique, in a style that has made Kweyama a much sought after teacher and choreographer, with a tender social conscience and is sure to be deeply moving.

Talking Spirits will be staged at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from March 17 to March 20 at 7.30 pm and on March 21 at 3 pm. Tickets are R65 (R50 concessions), except March 18 when all tickets are R45, from Computicket.

The show moves to the Hexagon Theatre for two performances on March 25 and March 26 at 7 pm. Tickets: R55 (R40 concessions). To book telephone 033 260 5537 or e-mail

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