Venue change for Dance Umbrella master classes


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Mamela Nyamza
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Dance Umbrella 2017 is the 29th edition of the festival and will present over 50 new works. Running from February 23 to March 5, 2017 at the Wits Theatre Complex, the Workers Museum, Newtown and the National School of the Arts, the 10-day festival programme includes new and invited contemporary dance works, works from established and young local and international choreographers, a Young Artists Programme and a Fringe Programme.

The stimulating DU master classes, conducted by prominent choreographers, will now take place at the Dance Space, 1 President Street, Newtown.

Also on offer are the popular Face-to-Face interviews and master classes for dancers.

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On Saturday, February 25:
At 10:00: Sifiso Kweyama (Artistic Director of Jazzart Dance Theatre, Cape Town): How to work with your space and your body weight – the process will explore dance and movement in relation to where the participant chooses to work.

At 12:00: Mamela Nyamza – When I work… I am…: Nyamza is inevitably drawn to the politics of the BODY, and radically deconstructs the normative expectations of who qualifies to be a dancer. Her Master Class will find dynamic ways of communicating with your body by simply using physical techniques, the mind, the soul, the past and the presence. Nyamza will convey topical themes of experiences rather than mere entertainment when the body becomes the vocal cord in a metaphorical way.

On Tuesday, February 28:

At 10:00: Moeketsi Koena, assisted by Gaby Saranouffi, will explore the fusion of South African popular dance culture, by experimenting with variables of dance and music in the genres of pantsula and gumboots rhythms, with western contemporary dance forms within the vortex of pulsating African dance, bringing his craft to the cutting edge of dance and theatre.

On Friday, March 3:

At 10:00 Desiré Davids – this master class is open to semi-professionals/professionals and will consist of a short warm-up and various movement research techniques that assist with improvisation and movement creation.

On Saturday, March 4:

At 10:00 the final Master Class will have Alan Parker ‘Exploring Chance as a choreographic tool’. Participants will playfully explore ‘chance’ to create, craft and stage dance performance. Using play, improvisation and task, dancers will be guided through an experience of trusting their mistakes and allowing choreography to happen through coincidence.

The Master Classes are open to all experienced dancers and there is no fee. For further information and/or to book your place, please call Lethabo at 011 492 2033.

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 or call 011 492 2033 to reserve tickets.

For block booking discounts and programme updates, please call 011 492 2033 or e-mail

For the Dance Umbrella 2017 programme, updates on the Master Classes and Face to Face interviews please visit

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