"Meeting Point" 2018

24 Oct 2018 - 09:00

The dance section of the newly formed Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies at UCT returns to the Little Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus, to stage its annual flagship dance concert on October 26-27, 2018. This year’s concert titled ‘Meeting Point’ runs only for two nights, at 7:30pm on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th with a matinee performance on Saturday at 3:00pm. ‘Meeting Point’ is  a “collection of sinuous kinetic conversations among bodies and communities in motion with time, space and rhythmic energies.” -Lisa Wilson, Artistic Director.

"Meeting Point’, in a decolonial turn, brings together artists in academia and the dance community and will centrepiece a beautiful commissioned work ‘Point of Connection’ by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Sifiso Kweyama, of JazzArt Dance Theatre. Kweyama states that the work “interrogates the influence and dynamics of an individual’s internal connection to others”. Performed by  thirteen UCT dance students, the captivating choreography contrasts small, intricate gestures with larger spatial formations to portray the ebb and flow of human connection. The forty-minute work is set to the melodic and dramatic scores of Marco Beltrami, Sipho Gumede, Paul Dukas, Ali and Toumani, Yanni and Theatre Fleas Orchestra. There is power in collaboration and the CTDPS are delighted to have this partnership with Sifiso and JazzArt Dance Theatre this year.

Other choreographers will be guest and full-time dance faculty. Byron Klassen , 2017 Arts and Culture Trust impACT awardee will present the work, ‘As ek kon’. A fast paced work choreographed for 16 females and one male that utilizes powerful storytelling, within a contemporary dance lexicon,  to communicate the force and complexities of sibling rivalry in a mainly matriarchal household. Dancers move back and forth en masse in a  state of frenzied tension as they compete for the attention and love of one mother.  Janine Booysens will present ‘ Contact’,  an inventive contemporary dance duet in which a male and female dancer performs the entire piece in contact with each other even as their bodies are separated in space. Nicolette Loxton and Ashley Searle, offer glimpses of the classic ballet and jazz repertory respectively, in restaging excerpts from ‘Paquita’ and the musical ‘Chicago’.  Rounding out the program is ‘Yemaya’,  a new work by full-time faculty and choreographer extraordinaire, Maxwell Rani, that honours the Yoruba goddess Yemaya. A meeting of body and spirit, Africa and her Atlantic diaspora, the dancers’ spines undulate repeatedly with the spiritual energies of the goddess of the ocean, revealing her power, grace, beauty and  constant protection.

‘Meeting Point’ will showcase CTDPS dance students shifting seamlessly between multiple physical languages and in moving conversations that everyone can experience.

Single tickets range from R50 (students and pensioners), R70 (adults) and bookings can be made at ctdps.bookings@uct.ac.za or through 021 6507129.