Adele Blank mentors Noted a Market Theatre production


South African choreographer and dance instructor, Adele Blank, renowned for her choreography and teaching in classical ballet and contemporary dance both locally and abroad will bring a special touch to the Market Theatre in Noted.

NOTED (Photographer: Rob Mills)
NOTED (Photographer: Rob Mills)

Noted features two women going through a journey of realisation as they overcome their entrapment, abuse and oppression to find common grounds to change what they can pass on to the next generation. This brand-new piece created and directed by Julia Burnham and mentored by dance veteran Adele Blank considers how gender and culture inform our personal narratives. How can we revise the mantle handed down to our children? How can we better reflect on our own, and other experiences? How do we learn to act with insight and humanity?

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Julia Burnham started dancing at a young age with various community groups in Alexandra Township. Burnham did modern and traditional dance forms which influenced her to join Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM), where she later progressed to be a full-time company member. She has worked with various choreographers and won an award for best upcoming dancer for the Joburg City Festival. Whilst at MIDM Burnham has toured to various countries including Switzerland, France, Germany, London, Australia, Columbia and Italy with the work of Robyn Orlin.

Julia Burnham and Kristin Wilson in NOTED (Photographer: Rob Mills)
Julia Burnham and Kristin Wilson in NOTED (Photographer: Rob Mills)

In 2017 she attended the choreographic residency at the American dance festival and choreographed a work titled Colour Blind for the ADF students at the Duke University, later that year she choreographed a tribute work called Matlou which was staged at the Apartheid Museum. Julia is currently a freelance performing artist and the founder of Black Jaguar Holdings.


Adele Blank has created at least 50 pieces including commissioned works for various companies and for the corporate productions. Presently, she is based in Cape Town where there is an offshoot of Free Flight. She also works with the Cape Town City Ballet, Dance for All, Jikeleza and various other dance communities and projects and has continuous involvement in corporate productions with the Cape Town Opera and Zip Zap Circus.

Kristin Wilson trained at the National School of the Arts obtaining a distinction in Dance. She went on to work with companies including The South African Ballet Theatre, Cape Town City Ballet, Freeflight Dance Company, Tshwane Dance Theatre, Bovim Ballet, Vuyani Dance Company, South African National Dance Trust and Darkroom Contemporary.

Noted is presented with support from Department of Arts & Culture’s Incubator Programme grant. The Incubator Programme was initiated by the Department of Arts & Culture in 2015 to provide additional skills to mid-level theatre practitioners and to create more artistic works of local content. Over the past 3 years, the Incubator Programme has enhanced the talent and professionalism of numerous young artists in the disciplines of drama, dance, music, poetry and photography.

Noted will run for a limited season at the Market Theatre from 16 – 18 November 2018.

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