Walmer School of Dance presents ‘Run’

2019-07-31 06:02
Senior dancers Louise Daniel and Neil Brand perform a haunting duet in ‘Run’, a mini-ballet production telling a story about the plight of refugees.        Photo:KARL SCHOEMAKER

Senior dancers Louise Daniel and Neil Brand perform a haunting duet in ‘Run’, a mini-ballet production telling a story about the plight of refugees. Photo:KARL SCHOEMAKER

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DANCE lovers are in for a treat comprising diverse dance styles and powerful choreography in the show celebrating dance teacher Troy Coffey’s 10th anniversary as principal owner of Walmer School of Dance on August 9 and 10 at the PE Opera House.

Women as warriors, mothers, heroines and queens take centre stage in Run, the new Walmer School of Dance production featuring ballet, jazz and contemporary dance that fittingly opens on Women’s Day.

The show takes its name from the mini-ballet, Run, which opens the programme, telling the story of a group of refugees who have been forced to flee their country because of persecution and war. Louise Daniel portrays a young mother who loses her child (played by Emma Price) in the conflict and finds love and solace with a soldier played by Neil Brand.

“It’s a very powerful and beautiful piece which highlights the plight of refugees – a topical issue for South Africa and globally,” Coffey said.

She said many of the other pieces in the show also highlight the power of women and their role in society, “from mothers to warriors to queens”, with Daniel and Brand portraying the White Queen and Black King fighting to the death in the striking Checkmate duet.

The show is also the first time that Coffey’s daughter, Ella Coffey (14), will demonstrate her choreography skills in a fun, jazzy group for the juniors with a hippie theme to the song, Feel it Still, by Portugal The Man.

The programme features a range of classical ballet, sassy jazz and contemporary dance pieces, including the sweetie-themed colourful group dance Liquorice All Sorts, and junior pupils as adorable Winnie the Pooh’s and a bevy of little Swans.

Bookings for Run are open at Computicket. The show takes place at the PE Opera House at 19:00 on August 9 and 10. Tickets are R120 for adults and R100 for learners and pensioners.

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