Category Archives: Dance

Phuma-Langa, culture shock

I don’t always “like” Mamela Nyamza’s work.  It often makes me acutely uncomfortable.  Phuma-Langa falls into this category. I did “love” it though and recommend that you go to  see it tonight (15 September) or tomorrow night (16 September). The … Continue reading

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It’s a knockout – King Kong

In 1959 musical theatre history in South Africa was made when King Kong, an “all African jazz opera”, opened at the Witwatersrand University Great Hall. The then young Nelson Mandela was in the opening night multi-racial audience.  The music and … Continue reading

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International Ballet Gala

When young dancers from around the world gather in South Africa to perform there is always a sense of occasion. The International Ballet Gala in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Ballet in the Bush … well, in the bush (Limpopo) recently … Continue reading

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South African International Ballet Competition Gala in Joburg on 7 September 2017

Dirk Badenhorst, founder and CEO of the South African International Ballet Competition held in Cape Town every second year, is hosting a Gala performance of classical and neo classical works performed by leading professional dancers from South Africa, Russia, Spain, … Continue reading

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BASA Award nominees

  One of the most exciting things for the arts is the formation of a sponsoring partnership with a corporate sponsor.  The BASA Awards are based on the premise of drawing attention to these corporate sponsors, and acknowledging the role … Continue reading

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Big City, Big Dreams

Joburg  Ballet Theatre’s collaboration with Vuyani Dance Theatre and Moving Into Dance Mophatong is an (almost) new departure for the ballet company.  It is also a brave attempt at making contemporary ballet, and making relevant dance theatre for urban African … Continue reading

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Silence and noise

I have been a fan of PJ Sabbagha’s work with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative for a long time. His latest work, With Nothing But Silence They Turned Their Bodies To Face The Noise, does not disappoint. PJ Sabbagha is … Continue reading

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