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Inspired by Apollinaire’s poem, Hotel travels to the mysterious universe we embrace when we step out of the mirrored lift, cross the magic carpet and click into the four walls that frame the theatre of infinite possibilities. It explores the stories of different people, different purposes and the different dreams that intersect in a place where time is suspended and the memories of our other lives cling to the walls.
Hotel is the altered state where characters explore this transient freedom – writers, wanderers, executives, newly-weds… one-night stands. Their fantasies – and realities – are interspersed with the crude reality of the morning clean-up, only to indulge in the enchanted fantasies of the cleaner. Everybody has a secret life. We are vulnerable, human, naked and exposed.
Mark Hawkins’ sublime, crazy choreography, set to the music of Philip Miller, opens dark and delicious doors. You are invited on a journey to anxiety, desire, decadence and melancholy to a place where travellers are, for a brief moment, transformed and free.
Hotel was originally commissioned by founder Sylvia Glasser for Moving into Dance in 2011 staged at Dance Umbrella at the Wits Theatre and was invited to perform at the John Kani Theatre at The Market, the first time MID performed there. This return season marks the conclusion of the 40th Anniversary celebration year of Moving into Dance.
- “Hotel is crazy, absurd and sublime, and it was love at first step” – Gayle Edmunds, CITY PRESS
- “Hawkins’ HOTEL is a dance theatre work that is a visual and aural feast” – Tammy Ballantyne, BUSINESS DAY
- “This was a crazy, rough-at-the-edges look at the love-hate relationship we have with the city” – Matthew Krouse, MAIL & GUARDIAN
- “Room for emotion in this Hotel” – Robyn Sassen, SUNDAY TIMES
- “…a flamboyant and light-hearted work…” – Mary Corrigall, SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
This revamped season is produced by Moving into Dance and is hosted by UJ Arts & Culture Centre
Performances: UJ ARTS & CULTURE CENTRE THEATRE, KINGSWAY CAMPUS
Thursday 8 August 2019 at 19:30
Friday 9 August 2019 at 18:00
Saturday 10 August 2019 at 15:00
Tickets R100 and R30 for students/ pensioners. Bookings at http://arts.uj.ac,za/show/MID40H/
Choreography by Mark Hawkins
Music by Philip Miller
Lighting & AV Design by Wilhelm Disbergen
Costumes by Robyn de Klerk
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