Category Archives: Dance

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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Nijinksy’s War

One of the pieces I have been most keen to see at the 969 Festival at Wits University is Nijinsky’s War with dancer/choreographer Ignatius van Heerden. Directed by Gopala Davies and this work starts before the audience enters the theatre with … Continue reading

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High art and popular music

So the 969 Festival at Wits University is underway. So named because it is 969 km from Grahamstown, the festival gives legs to some of the productions from the National Arts Festival. Gita Pather is the curator of the 969 … Continue reading

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Masilo’s Gutsy Giselle

Giselle is best known as a pretty, classical ballet from the Romantic era, to pretty music by the little known Adolphe Adam.  If that’s what you want, do NOT go out to see Dada Masilo’s Giselle. You won’t find any … Continue reading

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Fabulous Flamenco!

  There are not a lot of Spanish dance style shows being produced in Johannesburg, so those of us who love Spanish styles simply have to learn as best we can from the few that are produced. Flamenco is the … Continue reading

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Moliere’s Tartuffe in Soweto

Sylvaine Strike brought Moliere’s The Miser to The Market Theatre a few years ago.  I loved it.  Now she’s brought Moliere’s Tartuffe to The Soweto Theatre.  I saw its premiere last night.  I loved it. Translated into English by Richard … Continue reading

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La Traviata, the ballet

La Traviata, (The Fallen Woman) is based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, La Dame aux Camelias written in 1852.  Unlike the Verdi opera, the ballet choreographed by Veronica Paeper uses the name “Camilla” for the heroine of the story. … Continue reading

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