Dance has long been an expression of our humanity and a marker of traditional and contemporary cultural identities. The Dance section of the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UCT presents Dancing Prism - a spectrum of rich, and at times, decolonial embodied conversations among and between traditional and contemporary dance heritages (Irish, Indonesian, African contemporary, Spanish, Classical ballet, Caribbean dance and contemporary dance).
Our talented third-year students will be presenting their student choreographies tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm at the School of Dance. In a course convened by lecturer and artist Alan Parker, students are encouraged to push artistic and choreographic boundaries as they explore different choreographic approaches to dance making. Join us if you can for this student-led production.
School of Dance students delivered a strong performance at the Born Frees production, “Hear our voices”, which was held at Artscape theatre from July 13-15. The Argument choreographed by Marlin Zoutman, UCT faculty member and Artistic Director of New World Dance Theatre explores the dynamic relationship between humans, in particular the male-female relationship, through highly charged physicality and raw emotions. The overall aesthetic of the contemporary work, a paradoxical interplay of wild, and raw movements performed with clean and detailed precision was powerfully embodied by the cast of third and fourth year dancers. Our dance studies continue to be enriched by our partnerships with local professional dance companies and artists.
One performance only. Wednesday 16 August. This mixed bill explores notions of Black Dance and is purposefully tongue-in-cheek. From Katherine Dunham to reggae, hip hop to mpantsula, the notion of ‘noble savage’ is critiqued, and repositioned. The audience is invited to a free, pre-performance talk with the directors which will be held in the theatre foyer from 19H00.