Groups dance together

2016-02-16 06:00
Dancers from around the Cape will perform together in the seventh Azishe Festival at Artscape later this month.

Dancers from around the Cape will perform together in the seventh Azishe Festival at Artscape later this month.

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Jazzart will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth uprising when it presents its seventh Azishe Festival this month.

Taking place at Artscape from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 February, this year’s festival is dedicated to the youth of South Africa, so that their journey carries the rich legacy of the country’s past.

Jazzart’s commitment to social change through dance provides this collaborative platform for young aspiring dancers to express their creative passions.

This year, the Jazzart trainees and selected trainees from Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy, the Cape Flats Development Association (Cafda) Youth Dance Co 34/18, Dance for Inspirations Youth Company and UCT School of Dance perform together in the well-received piece The Road. It is choreographed by Mziyanda Mancam, Jazzart’s resident teacher, and directed by Sifiso Kweyama, Jazzart’s artistic director.

Jazzart’s local outreach programme participants, Thandile Mandela’s Traditional Music Group, the Art and Events Emporium, Devolution Dance Group, Amy Biehl Foundation, Ghanima Community Development, Eerste River Community Dancers and the pupils of Zonnebloem High School will showcase their inspiring performances with Unmute Dance Company, Garage Dance Ensemble from Okiep and the Kwamashu School of Dance from Durban.

Audiences can expect performances of dance styles that range from contemporary and hip hop to pantsula. V Tickets cost R60 each or R40 for students and block bookings of ten or more. Scholars enjoy a reduced rate of R30. Bookings can be made at Computicket.

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