THIS YEAR, the
The Arena platform is a bridge between the free-for-all Fringe and |the curated Main Programme. Fringe productions which receive Ovation nominations become eligible to be drawn on to the Arena stage at the festival which runs from
Last year Capa's performance of Bittersweet was a hit and this year they reprise that particular performance at the Centenary Hall.
They are also rehearsing for a new production titled Between the Lines.
This offering features a new production from popular Cape |Town choreographer Michelle |Reid (premiering her new work Disconnect) as well as
"Its stimulus was the stories of the dancers and a very common thread was absent fathers. It was motivated by the concept of living life between the lines and outside the lines. It's a broad philosophical approach, but seen through the eyes of the average 18- to 25-year-old student," said Capa director
While the Capa students rehearse though, several of the adults of the
More than 200 dancers will take |to the Dance Festival stage this week, including companies from
"One tends to become quite jaded about people who approach you and ask whether you'd like to perform, and I said 'sure', never thinking for a minute that it would come to pass," said Turner just before they left for
The invitation did materialise, |and now CDC will be performing the works of
"There are only three companies in the world that have these ballets and we'll be the first to perform them in
Mthuthuzeli November - who took gold in the contemporary senior section at that international ballet competition - will also be performing a solo work at the Dance Festival's request. Convivencia is a dance piece the then-20-year-old choreographed himself. "It is a feather in his cap," added Turner.
Originally the Festival was going to be performed in a huge open-air theatre on the open water, but since
While Turner has not seen most |of the other dance companies in action, she can see from the programme that it will showcase a broad choice of dance styles, including tango dancers, neo-classical and contemporary dancers.
The adult company comes as a |big unit, and even though they cut it down to 10 dancers for
"But, it's the ethos of the |company, we do big production ballets," said Turner.
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