Moving into Dance Mophatong’s (MIDM) award-winning choreographers are premiering two dance works at the 29th Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg.
Dance enthusiasts are in for a treat from South Africa’s best dance talent at the 29th Dance Umbrella Festival, where Moving into Dance Mophatong’s (MIDM) award-winning choreographers premiere two dance works, I am NoT… by Sunnyboy Motau and Stuck Souls by Oscar Buthelezi, on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 at 19:00. The two new works are part of a Triple Bill to be staged at the Wits Theatre.
I am NoT… and Stuck Souls will challenge people, change their mind-sets and propel them on a path of discovery in life. Sunnyboy Motau’s premiere I am NoT… which opens the Triple Bill programme, explores celebrating and embracing the quality of individualism, and not conforming to the status quo of the world. In October 2016 Motau was the 2016 ImpACT Award winner in the dance category. He was also on the 2015 Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list.
Motau argues that while everyone is unique, they are all driven by the need to meet societal expectations which in turn inhibits their individual growth and progress.
“We are reborn daily, and every day is a blank canvas offering the opportunity to redraft the person we want to be. Yet, we fall into the same trap each day of conforming to the norms and trends of society, depriving ourselves of accentuating who we truly are, and could be,” said Motau.
I am NoT… also features accomplished musician, Matthew MacFarlane, performing his original composition, live on-stage with the MIDM Company.
Ending the programme, Buthelezi’s Stuck Souls, is a captivating piece that fuses dance and a recorded Soundscape with percussion performed live onstage by Bongani Nkala. Stuck Souls explores the spirituality and superstition of people stealing other people’s souls translating this to everyday experiences of where we are inclined to sell our souls to improve our lives through work, friendships and education.
Last year, Buthelezi made history when he walked away with two awards at the Kurt Jooss International Choreography Awards held in Germany. Buthelezi became the first African choreographer to win the award, and to clinch both the Audience Choice and the prestigious Jury’s Choice awards. He was also recently named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans for 2016.
Motau has collaborated with a number of international choreographers on works that have toured various countries. As assistant choreographers, the duo, Motau and Buthelezi worked with Jessica Nupen on Rebellion & Johannesburg: Romeo and Juliet which has toured Germany and Italy, and opened the 2016 Dance Umbrella Festival.
MIDM Artistic Director, Mark Hawkins expressed his delight that the two choreographers were presenting the premieres of their new work at the Dance Umbrella.
“Dance Umbrella has always been a platform that gives young and established artists recognition and exposure in the local and international dance industry,” said Hawkins.
“These two choreographers have been on a trajectory in their careers and have out-done themselves in these new works. They have completely stepped out of their comfort zones, and I believe that the audience will engage positively with the pieces,” Hawkins added.