Director: Debbie Turner
Choreographer: Mamela Nyamza, Adele Blank, Mthuthuzeli November, Kirsten Isenberg
Featured Artists: Mthuthuzeli November, Carmen Lotz, Marlin Zoutman, Thamsanqa Njoko, Danielle Wagner, Mia Labuschagne
Company: Cape Dance Company
The Cape Dance Company (CDC), under the artistic direction of Debbie Turner, returns to the National Arts Festival after a sold-out season on the Main Programme in 2016. The CDC, highly-acclaimed neo-classical and contemporary dance company has a significant following among South African audiences. The works presented are an inspiring reflection of the diversity of the company and its broad range of repertoire.
This highly anticipated season, Interplay, features a newly commissioned work by the South African born choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November. Entitled Sun – The Rite of Passage it is his first major official commission and we are proud that every single person involved in its process is a product of the environment of South Africa. It premiered in the CDC’s season at Artscape in November 2017. Sun – The Rite of Passage is a journey into adulthood and of defining one’s own path and one’s own place in the world.
The programme also includes a restaged work by this year’s award winning Featured Artist, Mamela Nyamza. Her piece entitled i-Dolls takes a look at young adulthood. When asked to describe this work she said: “Our clothes affect our behaviour, our behaviour affects our clothes!”
Also featured in the programme is a work written by Kirsten Isenberg and entitled Hush. Hush is inspired by the idea of feeling unheard in circumstances where we feel we have no voice. In feeling we are voiceless, we, in turn, forget to listen.
Award-winning iconic choreographer, Adele Blank, will be restaging Sweet on Bob, an ode to jazz legend, Bob James. Blank has worked with the Company for the past two decades.
There will be a post-performance discussion immediately after the performance on 30 June at 11:00
Mthuthuzeli November, Carmen Lotz, Marlin Zoutman, Thamsanqa Njoko, Daniella Wagner, Mia Labuschagne and supporting cast
Artistic Director: Debbie Turner
Lighting Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen
Dramaturge: Nathalie Vijver
Choreographers: Mamela Nyamza, Adele Blank, Mthuthuzeli November, Kirsten Isenberg