The Dance Umbrella 2017 festival is the 29th edition and will present a total of 17 programmes from February 23 to March 5, 2017 at the Wits Theatre Complex.
On Sunday, February 26 from 10:00 the Wits Theatre will rock with the Fringe programme which will feature 28 new works from young choreographers from all corners of South Africa and includes: Julia Burnham from Vuyani Dance Theatre who has created a work called Something Black and Yellow; Us -The People by Thembinkosi Puwane from the Border Youth Dance Theatre in East London and Park Station by Baleni Ernest from the Free State.
Other artists featured on the Fringe are Nomasonto Radebe from the Luthando Arts Academy with Cracks and Beauty; Busiswe Radebe with a work called (R)evolution of Women; Qiniso Zungu has created a work called A conversation with our Bodies and Souls; Rachelle Brunette with A Human = A Dance; Beautiful Ones by Kristi-Leigh Gresse and Motebejane Tsunke has created a work called Ash and Water and painted by Nzimeni Herembi. The Fringe programme tickets are R20.
Then there are three programmes, presented as a Triple Bill, that will feature the works of selected choreographers – three young artists who have been making their mark on the contemporary dance scene: on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 at 19:00 at the Wits Theatre, Oscar Buthelezi will premiere his new work created on the Moving into Dance Mophatong Company called Stuck Souls. He shares the stage with Sunnyboy Motau, also from Moving into Dance and Lulu Mlangeni, Vuyani Dance Theatre’s dancer/choreographer. All three have made their indelible mark on the contemporary dance domain and this Triple Bill will no doubt be a significant premiere of their new works. Tickets for this programme are R120.
On Sunday March 5 from 10:00 at the Wits Downstairs theatre, two Young Artists programmes featuring six choreographers will be presented: Thami Tshabalala will present a work called Vibrations of Us which focuses on the African homosexual man. Also featured on this programme is Unfolding Times by Douglas Sekete from the Koketso Dance Company and the third artist on the programme is Khaya Ndlovu with Silent Prints.
The second Young Artists programme at the Wits Amphitheatre from 11:15 features Vuyani Dance Company’s Phumlani Nyanga with a work called Beyond; Seodigeng Kealoeboga will premiere Black; the Kwa-Zulu Natal based Ashleigh Joubert, Bonwa Mbontsi and Tegan Peacock ‘s work called Paraphernalia of Suffering, is the final work on the programme. The Young Artists platform tickets are R80.
Dance Umbrella 2017 is funded by the Mzansi Golden Economy fund, Department of Arts and Culture; the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council. Other partners include the French Institut South Africa; Goethe Institut Johannesburg; Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Splitbeam; Outreach Foundation; Wits Theatre and Creative Feel Magazine.