The Eastern Evening 2018 lifts off on 28 July

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Photo of young performers of Rampage Dance Company’s The Eastern Evening 2018 by Joanna Tang.
Photo of young performers of Rampage Dance Company’s The Eastern Evening 2018 by Joanna Tang.

Iqraam Rahim’s Rampage Dance Company celebrates five years of The Eastern Evening brand (TEE) on 28 July when a one-night-only dance production, Taking Flight, lifts off at Virginia Airport’s Hanger 8 in Durban North at 8pm.

“The new production is a celebration of South African Indian dance culture from a millennial’s perspective, with the focus on collaboration as opposed to competition, as in previous years,” says Rampage founder, Iqraam Rahim. “My choreography is inspired by freedom of movement and makes use of the principals of eurhythmy. It borrows from practices such as “brain yoga” which activates both sides of the brain.”

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“To mark Mandela Day, we celebrate Madiba’s legacy by standing up for what he believed in. A dance work titled ‘Ae Watan’ meaning ‘Our People’ is a prayer inspired by the words of Desmond Tutu and directed towards our Palestinian brothers’ and sisters’ suffering through apartheid.”

Photo of young performers of Rampage Dance Company’s The Eastern Evening 2018 by Joanna Tang.
Photo of a young performer of Rampage Dance Company’s The Eastern Evening 2018 by Joanna Tang.

“TEE 2018 will also feature two notable guest performances: Andrea Govender (‘Durban’s Dancing Jockey’) combines her love of horses and gymnastics in a vibrant Bollywood number; and we are proud to present the return of the now fully-recovered Durban-based Indian folk dancer, Sanam Parboo, for her first stage performance since her car accident on the eve of her wedding last year.”

The Eastern Evening brand has seen several notable outcomes during its five years. Rampage Students have worked on two locally produced feature films, Keeping up with the Kandersamys. and the forthcoming Kings of Mulberry Street – both of which feature choreography by Rahim.

Photo of young performers of Rampage Dance Company’s The Eastern Evening 2018 by Joanna Tang.
Photo of young performers of Rampage Dance Company’s The Eastern Evening 2018 by Joanna Tang.

Another notable outcome was The Exchange, an international dance exchange programme created by Iqraam Rahim and Kshitij Vaishnav, which was born out of TEE. With this golden triangle of dance (South Africa, Canada, India), Rampage Dance Company aims to export the South African Flavour of “Indian dance” to the rest of the Indian Diaspora. To date, 20 South Africans, all TEE protégées, have been on the programme.

TEE 2018 performance on 28 July starts at 8pm.Tickets are R155, available on Quicket.  More info 071 237 2900.

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