DU offers Face-2-Face Debate and Extra Performance

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Tutu - Tamara Osso
Tutu – Tamara Osso

The Dance Umbrella 2017 with 13 commissioned works, 13 new works and six Johannesburg premieres, includes a new work by Tamara Osso called Tutu.

The work explores the choreographer’s white identity in relation to other identities or constructs (be they apparent or ephemeral). Starting as a ballet dancer, the artist learnt that within structure there is freedom. Collaborators: Osso, Laura Cameron, Counterspace, Rabbit Productions and Visual Frontier.

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Tutu runs at The Nunnery, Wits on Saturday, March 4 at 21:00 and Sunday March 5 at 15:30.

As both these performances are sold out, an extra performance has been scheduled for Sunday, March 5 at 14:00. To book your seats for this performance please call Lethabo at 011 492 2033. Tickets are R80.

Page 27 - Lulu Mlangeni. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer FFPSA.
Page 27 – Lulu Mlangeni. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer FFPSA.

Also included in the Dance Umbrella 2017, which runs from February 23 to March 5, 2017 at the Wits Theatre complex, Braamfontein, is a Face to Face discussion that will take place on Saturday, February 25, directly after the performance of Mamela Nyamza’s De-Apart-Hate which starts at 21:00. Facilitated by writer Robyn Sassen, the discussion will focus on how four choreographers – Mamela Nyamza, Sifiso Kweyama, Moeketsi Koena and Gaby Saranouffi – see the future of contemporary dance in South Africa.

The Dance Umbrella 2017 features 17 programmes of new works and the final programme – The Young Artists Programme, is on Sunday, March 5 from 10:00. The Young Artists Programme features six young choreographers who will present new works: from 10:00 at the Wits Downstairs Theatre – Thami Tshabalala (K-Mad Dance Company); Douglas Sekete (Koketso Dance Project); Khaya Ndlovu and from 11.15 at the Wits Amphitheatre – Phumlani Nyanga (Vuyani Dance Company; Seodigeng Keaoleboga; Ashleigh Joubert, Bonwa Mbontsi and Tegan Peacock (ReRouted Dance Theatre).

Page 27 - Lulu Mlangeni. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer FFPSA.
Page 27 – Lulu Mlangeni. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer FFPSA.

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.

Tickets for Dance Umbrella 2017 range from R20 to R120. Book at Computicket 083 915 8000 or www.computicket.com or call 011 492 2033 to reserve tickets.

For block booking discounts and programme updates, please call 011 492 2033 or e-mail info@danceforum.co.za

To book a place for the Master Classes please call Lethabo at 011 492 2033.

For the Dance Umbrella 2017 programme, updates on the Master Classes and Face to Face interviews please visit www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za

Follow Dance Umbrella on: Twitter: @danceumbrellaSA / Facebook: Dance Umbrella Festival Johannesburg / Instagram: Dance_Umbrella_SA

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