There’s nothing quite like the art form of dance. Whether watching it or doing it yourself, it helps us express feelings we may have thought were deeply buried.
Johannesburg’s signature Afrofusion dance company, Moving into Dance, returns to the Joburg Theatre for three performances only – on April 29 and 30, and May 1.
Born during the turbulence of 1978 apartheid South Africa, the company was founded by Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser. She brought together black and white dancers to perform in the garage of her Johannesburg home, in an innovative response to the destructive policy of separateness and an artistic manifestation of resistance.
Its vision was to draw on the creative capacity of the human spirit to connect, enliven and transcend diversity. Four decades later, they are keeping Glasser’s legacy alive.
The easing of the Covid-19 restrictions means that artists can get back on stage.
The triple bill features the international award-winning piece Road by Oscar Buthelezi. It is an outstanding duet that premiered in 2014, winning the Kurt Joos international award for choreography in Essen, Germany, in 2016 and the Hanover 33 Choreography award in 2019, also in Germany. It was performed at the My Body My Space Festival in 2015 in Mpumalanga and the Market for African Performing Arts Festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Fight, flight, feathers & f**kers by Israel-based Rachel Erdos and Sunnyboy Motau, which was commissioned by Dance Umbrella in 2015, explores the politics, psychology and physicality of masculinity. It delves into modern-day male society, interrogating cultural differences in men’s reactions to varying life situations, where their masculinity is either challenged or validated.
Despot, by renowned Moving into Dance choreographer Lesego Dihemo, rounds out the performances. It is a play about standing up for oneself. Dihemo’s passion is training autistic children in dance. Her participation in the Integrated Dance Colloquium in Durban in 2018 allowed her to advance her teaching skills. Serving as the wardrobe coordinator for Moving into Dance, she is driven to see her career excel in both performance and facilitation.
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Moving into Dance will be giving 10 lucky City Press readers the chance to attend the festivities, with a free ticket for you and a friend. To enter, SMS your name, surname, the date of the event you would like to attend, province, email address and the keywords Moving into Dance to 34217. SMSes cost R1.50. Free SMSes do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.