Sifiso Kwenyama of the Jazzart Dance Theatre brought Space to the Wits Theatre for the 2017 edition of Dance Umbrella. It premiered there on Friday 24 February 2017.
Kwenyama is already an established artist and director with both theatre and dance experience to his name.
The work entitled Space deals with land issues and the original inhabitants of South Africa and how this impacts us today.
With music by Max Ritcher and Radical Face, poetry by Khadija Tracey Heeger and Lewellyn Afrika and costumes by Nkosinathi Sangweni, this is a powerful, although very short, work. Lighting was by David Hlatshwayo.
Danced by Lewellyn Afrika, Refiloe Mogoje, Shaun Oelf, Thabasa Dinga, Tracey September all of the Jazzart Dance Theatre, this work thrilled me.
Based on research by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the work provides much food for thought. The land does not belong to us. We belong to the land. How much happier we would be if we all practiced that. (Not saying realistic … just throwing it out there).