Moving Into Dance Mophatong’s R&J heads to Italy

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Moving into Dance Mophatong takes Romeo & Juliet: Rebellion and Johannesburg (R&J) to the Orient Occident Dance Festival in Italy.

Asanda Ruda who plays Juliet in a scene from R&J
Asanda Ruda who plays Juliet in a scene from R&J

South Africa’s most prominent dance company, Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) and celebrated choreographer, Jessica Nupen, are taking their off-beat dance collaboration – the acclaimed Romeo & Juliet: Rebellion and Johannesburg (R&J) – global as they get ready to jet off to Italy to perform at the prestigious Orient Occident Dance Festival.

R&J first premiered last year in Germany, where Nupen is based, on a five-week tour around the country where it wowed audiences. R&J also opened this year’s Dance Umbrella 2016 in February.

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The contemporary dance piece is a bold and provocative re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, set to the backdrop of a transforming street subculture in Johannesburg using emerging new dance forms such as Pantsula, Sbhujwa and Skhothane true to MIDM’s focus on Afrofusion.

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