The Cape Town International Dance Fest is back in the Mother City from 1 to 4 December, bringing 14 dance acts to city, Guguletho and Stellenbosch stages.Re-energized, re-focused and ready to celebrate various translations of the art of dance, the 2016 festival plays host to dancers from Cape Town, Kuruman, Durban and Johannesburg; the US, Austria and the Netherlands. Companies featured range from traditional and contemporary to physical and theatre art.
The festival line-up includes South Africa’s Siwela Sonke (Durban), Yaotl Physical Art Company, the Baikitsi Collective and Underground Theatre (Cape Town), the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance from Austria, and a hybrid all-male company from New York, USA, aptly called 10 Hairy Legs. The line-up also includes the De Châtel company from Amsterdam, Holland, presenting work by the legendary Hungarian-born Dutch choreographer Krisztina de Châtel as well as work by South African-born choreographer Kirvan Fortuin, performed by members of Cape Town City Ballet.
Marking the advent of summer in true Cape Town style, the festival is hosted at the following outdoor venues: the SA Museum in the Company’s Gardens on First Thursday 1 December (free event), at an all-day community event at NY144 in Gugulethu on Saturday 3 December and as part of the Summer Programme of the ever-popular Oude Libertas Amphitheatre on Sunday 4 December.
On Friday 2 December, a programme of master classes and short film screenings will culminate in an evening dance performance, with the Centre for the Book’s dramatic Main Hall as backdrop. Film screenings will be hosted by Screendance Africa, dedicated to the development, production and distribution of local and international dance films in Africa. The programme further extends to include a series of professional development, training and youth workshops throughout the week and weekend. Book for 1, 2 and 3 December events via www.quicket.co.za and for the Oude Libertas event via www.computicket.com
The festival is the brainchild and legacy project of Director and co-founder of IKapa Dance Theatre, Theo Ndindwa. “There is more to dance than meets the eye and I aspire to share the multi-faceted empowering element of this art,” says Theo. “Dance is an international language that knows no boundaries; this is the message I would like to continue celebrating through this festival,” he concludes.
The project includes and promotes dance in all its forms and cultural representations. Furthermore, it considers, engages with and explores the content, form and function of dance, as an independent arts discipline, as a collaborative tool in the broader creative arts field and as a tool for social change.
Keep up to date with festival events, news and announcements at www.capetowndancefest.com