Step into Africa
Director: Wendi Abrahams
Featured Artists: Nina Abrahams, Shannon Bester, Brooklyn Conradie, Mekhi deGruchy, Zoe Koeries, Jenna Koopman, Zoe Lemore, Georgia Mehl, Kirsten Okkers, Tara Roos, Cidney Stringer, Chelsea Swarts, Tamara Williams
Company: 34/18 Youth Dance Company
“…intelligent choreography in various styles … a wonderful demonstration of the wealth of talent there is in South Africa that sadly doesn’t always get the chance to flourish that it deserves.” – David Mead, Seeing Dance UK
Thirteen dancers, five young South African choreographers and the experience of artistic director Wendi Abrahams makes for a reboot of contemporary dance at its highest level.
The acclaimed 34/18 Youth Dance Company from Grassy Park in Cape Town fuses ballet, contemporary and a bit of hiphop in a remix of classical dancing. The company returns to the National Arts Festival after receiving a Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award for their work Momentum in 2017.
34/18 Youth Dance Company is named for the co-ordinates of Cape Town, which lies at 34 degrees latitude, 18 degrees longitude. They performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, receiving overwhelming support and standing ovations.