Dance-poem to captivate

2015-06-03 06:00
POWERFUL POETRY: Lebo Mashile (left), an internationally acclaimed poet, is part of the cast of Threads.

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POWERFUL POETRY: Lebo Mashile (left), an internationally acclaimed poet, is part of the cast of Threads. Photo: John Hogg

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, an amazing dance-poem performance which now features new choreography, will be launched in Bloemfontein at the Sand du Plessis Theatre on 10 June at 19:30, as well as a workshop on 9 June.

Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM), which will bring the performance to Bloemfontein, is also excited to announce that the internationally recognised, multi-talented poet, performer, actress, presenter and producer Lebo Mashile will again collaborate with Sylvia Glasser for a limited season of the dance poem show.

The piece has been reworked and includes a brand-new poem together with new choreography.

“It is wonderful to include Lebo in our touring programme and have her energy in the MIDM building once more. It is about breathing fresh life into one of the company’s existing works,” says Mark Hawkins, newly appointed artistic director of MIDM.

The essence of Threads will remain, but it has been revitalised. Threads features the live poetic performance of acclaimed poet Mashile and the choreography of MIDM’s founder and trustee Glasser with artistic assistance from Muzi Shili, one of MIDM’s senior dancers.

The production will launch with two performances in Bloemfontein at the Sand du Plessis Theatre. It will then continue with performances in Gauteng, the Northern Cape and Limpopo, after which MIDM will head off to the National Arts Festival 2015 to perform a double-bill of Man Longing and Ngizwise on the main festival.

Threads seamlessly merges dance and poetry.

This piece can be thought of as a verbal dance or a physical poem and deals with current issues such as gender relationships, plus cultural and artistic identity in South African society.

Glasser and Mashile’s experience in vastly different fields, and their deep admiration for each other’s work, lead to a unique blend of the imaginative and the real, the young and the mature, the movement of poetry and the language of dance.

Threads works the magic of dance while the mesmerizing yet forceful live poetry of Mashile adds further depth to this multi-dimensional work. Both artists, powerful women, known for their unconventional, unpredictable and confrontational kaleidoscope of artistry, have stretched the talents of the dancers.

Tickets cost R80 and R40 for learners, pensioners and students, while R40 will be charged for those attending the workshop on Tuesday (09/06) at Pacofs’s studio 1 from 16:00 to 17:30.

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