One of the most important collaborations at the Dance Umbrella each year is the one with foreign countries.
This work, Corps / Body is brought to Dance Umbrella by the Institut Francais d’Afrique du Sud (IFAS).
Body brings Moekoetsi Koena (dancer from Inzalo Dance and Theatre) from South Africa, Gaby Saranouffi (dancer from Vihinala Dance Company) from Madagascar and Denis Rion (photographer/technical/lighting designer) from France together.
The original soundtrack was created by Nandele Maguni.
The premise of this work is fairly hazy and I always enjoy being able to let my mind float free with its own interpretations of stuff that the artists may or may not see themselves. The freedom to do this is always a privilege and for the artists to trust the audience to do so is a huge risk for them.
The choreography, photography, music and lighting all worked together to create a composite which made some extraordinary demands on the audience.