Dance Umbrella 2016 @danceumbrellaSA

Dance Umbrella 2016 @danceumbrellaSA

A celebration of 28 years of South African contemporary Dance proudly presented by Dance Forum and funded by the Department of Arts & Culture, in association with the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the U.S. Mission South Africa, Creative Feel and Splitbeam.

Dance Umbrella 2016
The Dance Umbrella festival celebrates its 28th year with principal funding from the Department of Arts & Culture and the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture. Other key partners are the U.S. Mission South Africa, Creative Feel magazine and Splitbeam, Dance Umbrella’s chief supplier of technical equipment; and also the French Institut of South Africa; the Goethe Institut Johannesburg (Dance Writer’s Workshop), National Arts Council; City of Joburg, The Market Theatre Foundation, Soweto Theatre, Camoes-Instituto Da Cooperacao Da Lingua, Embassy of Portugal South Africa and Lufthansa.

Dance Umbrella 2016 opens on February 25 at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre and runs until March 6, 2016.

The first week kicks off at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre with a work choreographed by Jessica Nupen, assisted by Sunnyboy Motau, called Rebellion & Johannesburg on February 25 and 26 at 19:30.

Created on the Moving into Dance Mophatong company Rebellion & Johannesburg is a modernised interpretation of the classic Shakespearean story Romeo and Juliet, set on a backdrop of a transforming street sub-culture in Johannesburg. With an original score by Spoek Mathambo, costume and set design by Anmari Honiball and film projection by Ed Blignaut, the piece examines the complexities of a generation of young South Africans faced with the challenges of a transforming country. Rebellion & Johannesburg recently premiered in Germany and is presented at the Dance Umbrella with the support of Lufthansa.

The Last Attitude by Nelisiwe Xaba and Mamela Nyamza premiered last year at the National Arts Festival, and is a work that interrogates the role of the politics of the ancient art form of ballet. Focusing specifically on the male ballet principal dancer, it reflects on the interaction between him and the ballerina and the progression that has been made from being merely the porter to lift the dancer to centre stage. It will be presented at The Dance Factory on February 27 at 19:30 and February 28 at 14:30.

A Double bill at the Soweto Theatre on February 27 at 14:30 and February 28 at 10:00 includes two new works: Interim, by Thami Majela and Swiss choreographer Margarita Kennedy, is a dance piece that looks at the connections found in movement, memory and sensory perceptions. Interim is presented with assistance from Pro Helvetia and Atelier Mondial; the second work of the Double bill is Lingering, a collaboration between Sonia Radebe and Teresa Mojela, which explores the physicality of thought and how the thought evolves when it lingers. This work is presented with assistance from the National Arts Council and it was created in residency at the Dance Space.

Portuguese choreographer Nelia Pinheiro will present Terra Chã at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre on March 1 and 2 at 20:15. This fusion of dance and music reflects on sonnets by Florabela Espanca which speak to beauty and the soul of Alentejano, extremes and their limits, love and disaffection. Terra Chã is presented with support from Camoes-Instituto Da Cooperacao E Da Lingua and the Embassy of Portugal to South Africa.

Ketima by Gregory Maqoma is a male and female quartet created on members of the Vuyani Dance Company. Ketima examines phases of development from crawling through toddling to the time when thoughts, feelings and actions get hooked to the mainstream of life and can be seen at the Market Theatre on March 2 and 3 at 20:15.

French choreographer Hamid Ben Mahi from Hors Serie Company created Toyi Toyi, a protest dance that comes from activism found mainly in the streets. Featuring four performers, Toyi Toyi uses both dance and the spoken word to recount the life story of three South African dancers from Katlehong who share their encounters with a French dancer. This work is presented with support from the French Institut of South Africa at the Dance Factory on Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4 at 19:00.

On March 5 at 19:00 and March 6 at 14:30 at the Dance Factory, a second Double bill will be featuring new works from Shanell Winlock Pailman and Baily Snyman and Ashley Churchyard: 40 Years in 30 Minutes by Shanell Winlock Pailman, was created as a celebration of her life at 40. She will invite the audience to share with her the many ups and downs of her life; sharing her dreams and fears with glimpses of who she really is; Makwerekwere by Bailey Snyman and Ashley Churchyard explores xenophobia in South Africa. Makwerekwere is a derogatory term used for foreign nationals in the townships and the work sheds light of the fear of the “other” in South Africa.
Hero by Ivan Estegneev from Russia, assisted by South African PJ Sabbagha, investigates heroism and observes the way men, in performance and through courageous actions discover their “body power” and their own identity, however weak and imperceptible. This will be presented at the John Kani Theatre (Market Theatre) on March 5 at 20:30 and March 6 at 15:30.

The final programme for Dance Umbrella 2016 is New Dance at the Soweto Theatre on Sunday March 6 from 10:00. This is a curated programme featuring new work from young choreographers; choreographers such as Mdu Mtshali and Lorin Sookool from Durban and Thoko Sidiya and Kwanele Thusi from Gauteng.

Dance Umbrella 2016 extends a thank you to its many partners without whom the festival would not have been presented: The Department of Arts & Culture; the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the U.S. Mission South Africa, the French Institut of South Africa; the Goethe Institut Johannesburg (Dance Writer’s Workshop), National Arts Council; City of Joburg, The Market Theatre Foundation, Soweto Theatre, Camoes-Instituto Da Cooperacao Da Lingua and Embassy of Portugal South Africa, Lufthansa and Creative Feel and a special thank you to Splitbeam who will supply the technical equipment for the festival.

Dance Umbrella 2016 – Collaborations and Master Classes
Dance Umbrella 2016, with ten days of new contemporary work, will take place at the Dance Factory, Market Theatre, Soweto Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre Theatre from February 25 to March 6, 2016.

Dance Umbrella remains a free platform for new contemporary choreography and dance.

The 28th edition of this internationally renowned festival will include on its main programme new commissioned and invited works from both local and international choreographers:

Jessica Nupen, who has collaborated with Moving into Dance Mophatong,
Mamela Nyamza and Nelisiwe Xaba who have created a work, The Last Attitude, which reflects on the role of the male ballet dancer, the Portuguese choreographer Nelia Pinheiro, who presents Terra Chã (Flatland),
Gregory Maqoma with his re-worked piece Ketima, the French choreographer Hamid Ben Mahi, who has collaborated with the South African hip hop company Via Katlehong, and PJ Sabbagha who has collaborated with the Russian choreographer Ivan Estegneev.

The Master Classes, conducted by three local and two international dance innovators will take place at The Dance Space in Newtown from 10:00 – 12:00, as follows:

Saturday, February 27 – Jessica Nupen
Tuesday, March 1 – Shanell Winlock Pailman
Wednesday, March 2 – Nelia Pinheiro
Thursday, March 3 – Gregory Maqoma
Friday, March 4 – Hamid Ben Mahi

The classes are free. For further information and/or to book your place, please call Lindi at 011 492 2033.

Double Bills and New Dance at Dance Umbrella 2016
Dance Umbrella 2016, which will take place at the Dance Factory, Market Theatre, Soweto Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre Theatre from February 25 to March 6, 2016, remains a free platform for new contemporary choreography and dance.

Aside from the main programme which comprises mainly new commissioned work, the 28th edition of this internationally renowned festival also includes two Double Bills and a young artists’ programme called New Dance.

The first of the Double Bill programmes can be seen at the Soweto Theatre on February 27 and 28. It features two new works: the one, called Interim, is from Thami Majela who has collaborated with the Swiss choreographer Margarita Kennedy and the other work is Lingering, choreographed by Sonia Radebe and Teresa Mojela, which was created in residency at the Dance Space and is funded by the National Arts Council.

Lingering explores the physicality of thought which was inspired by trying to see what happens when a thought lingers. Interim, funded by Pro Helvetia, is a dance piece that looks at the connections found in movement, memory and sensory perceptions and was created in residency at the Atelier Mondial, Switzerland.

The second Double Bill can be seen at the Dance Factory on March 5 at 19:00 and March 6 at 14:30:
40 Years in 30 Minutes is a new creation from Shanell Winlock Pailman. She decided, on turning 40 years of age, that she wanted to share her life experiences, “before it’s too late”. Makwerewere by Bailey Snyman and Ashley Churchyard explores the restrictions and conflict of xenophobia in South Africa, with a focus on how people fear the “other”.

The New Dance programme can be seen on Sunday, March 6 from 10:00 at the Soweto Theatre. This programme features new work from choreographers from Durban, Polokwane, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bela Bela, East and West Rand and Mpumalanga.

The choreographers presenting work in New Dance include Mdu Mtshali and Njabulo Zungu; Petrus Molekwa and Stephen Luthuli; Thulani Mgidi; Nhlanhla Mdzimande; Kwanele Thusi; Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson; Thoko Sidiya; Phume Sikhakhane; Bafikile Sedibe; Qiniso Zungu; Llewellyn Mnguni and Precious Kave. After the programme, there will be a question and answer session with all the choreographers.

Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries
A writing workshop and public panel to bring together dancers, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers and costume designers from South Africa and abroad during the run-up to Dance Umbrella 2016.

Aspiring and established South African arts writers will participate in an intensive dance writing workshop, organised by Dance Umbrella 2016 in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and facilitated by arts commentator, consultant and curator Mary Corrigall.

The workshop will take place at the Dance Space, Newtown, Johannesburg from 2 to 5 February and from 22 to 23 February 2016.

The final session of the Dance Writer’s workshop will culminate in a panel discussion and open dialogue centred on the nature and politics of collaborations across disciplines and artists from different nations and cultural groups on Tuesday February 23 at 18:00. The event is open to the public and will introduce this year’s international artists and works that will be staged during the Dance Umbrella festival

The aim of the workshop is to identify new contemporary dance writers and provide them with the tools and confidence to engage with the works at the Dance Umbrella 2016, which will run from February 25 to March 6, at various Johannesburg venues. The workshop also presents a platform for established arts writers to consider different aspects of contemporary dance, exchange ideas with each other and deepen their understanding of the event.

As in previous years the focus is on a pertinent issue in contemporary dance that relates to the Dance Umbrella programme. Given the number of international works and the collaborative nature of many of them, the title of the 2016 workshop is Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries. As such the emphasis is on collaboration and breaking boundaries; national, geographic ones, but also those that divide disciplines. Specialists in writing, dance and other creative industries will be invited for focused discussions.

Writer’s Workshop
The writers selected for 2016 are Jedi Ramalapa, Kolodi Senong, Nondumiso Msimanga and Sarah Roberson. An addition to last year’s festival was the establishment of the Dance Umbrella Gazette, conceived by Corrigall; it will again be distributed freely to audiences at Dance Umbrella 2016 and will present the work of the workshop participants. The inaugural dance writers’ workshop took place at Dance Umbrella 2010 and was facilitated by the veteran award-winning arts journalist Adrienne Sichel.

About the Facilitator
Mary Corrigall is a Joburg-based arts commentator, consultant and curator. She was an art critic at The Sunday Independent newspaper for over a decade. She pursued academic research in performance art for The Research Centre for Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg. Her articles have been widely published in newspapers across the country as well as local and international art publications and peer-reviewed journals. She has been nominated for a number of awards and won a CNN African Journalism award in 2007 and was awarded the Thomas Pringle Award for Reviews in 2009 and 2011. The European Commission awarded Corrigall a Lorenzo Natali Award for Journalism in 2009. She is dedicated to developing art writing in South Africa and to achieve this she founded the South African Arts Writers and Critics Association (SAAWCA). In this capacity she initiated the SAAWCA Arts Writers Mentorship Programme, through which she mentored young art writers.

About the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach, promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural cooperation. Its regional office in Johannesburg particularly aims to broaden and deepen cooperation and global networks in the arts, and to further a South-South and Pan-African conversation. The Goethe-Institut is happy to continue its long-standing partnership with the Dance Umbrella festival in 2016. www.goethe.de/joburg

About the Dance Umbrella festival
It had its beginnings when two journalists, Marilyn Jenkins and Adrienne Sichel, both with a passionate interest in contemporary choreography and dance, approached the chief business/arts partnership of that time, the Vita Awards, requesting that they initiate a contemporary dance festival in South Africa; and the Vita Dance Umbrella, under the aegis of AA Life and Vita Promotions (under the directorship of Philip Stein) was launched in Johannesburg in 1989. The first festival, with only about eight choreographers participating, received a R3 000 sponsorship from AA Life, which continued to fund, anonymously, the Dance Umbrella until 1992.

Dance Umbrella, an annual festival, has become the platform for new South African work. It is the main programme which both artists and international programmers consider the place to show and see work and includes new commissioned work by South African companies/choreographers; invited international companies; young artists; a series of workshops and/or master classes and discussions and debates regarding the dance industry.

Today the Festival, under the artistic directorship of Georgina Thomson, is widely acknowledged as the premier contemporary dance festival in Africa.

“Dynamic Dance Showcase: The FNB Dance Umbrella – a showcase of southern African and International dance and choreography – is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most important festivals, offering an opportunity to explore and develop all emergent dance forms.

Dance Umbrella: Jumble of recycled aesthetics mixed with dance makers: What do you get when a South African musician, a Botswana visual artist and a Zimbabwean choreographer cross paths? A uniquely Southern African collaboration that puts politicians in the region to shame!
Star Tonight

D A N C E F O R U M
Dance Forum has been and continues to be, the main driver of contemporary dance and choreography projects and events in Southern Africa; this includes the annual Dance Umbrella and New Dance festivals, contemporary choreography residency programmes, workshops and other related projects.

It has proudly, for the past 14 years, been the major motivating force behind the Dance Umbrella festival.

Dance Umbrella 2016 – Collaborations and Master Classes

Dance Umbrella 2016, with ten days of new contemporary work, will take place at the Dance Factory, Market Theatre, Soweto Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre Theatre from February 25 to March 6, 2016.

Dance Umbrella remains a free platform for new contemporary choreography and dance.

The 28th edition of this internationally renowned festival will include on its main programme new commissioned and invited works from both local and international choreographers:

Jessica Nupen, who has collaborated with Moving into Dance Mophatong, Mamela Nyamza and Nelisiwe Xaba who have created a work, The Last Attitude, which reflects on the role of the male ballet dancer, the Portuguese choreographer Nelia Pinheiro, who presents Terra Chã (Flatland), Gregory Maqoma with his re-worked piece Ketima,
the French choreographer Hamid Ben Mahi, who has collaborated with the South African hip hop company Via Katlehong, and PJ Sabbagha who has collaborated with the Russian choreographer Ivan Estegneev.

The Master Classes, conducted by three local and two international dance innovators will take place at The Dance Space in Newtown from 10:00 – 12:00, as follows:

Saturday, February 27 – Jessica Nupen
Tuesday, March 1 – Shanell Winlock Pailman
Wednesday, March 2 – Nelia Pinheiro
Thursday, March 3 – Gregory Maqoma
Friday, March 4 – Hamid Ben Mahi

The classes are free. For further information and/or to book your place, please call Lindi at 011 492 2033.

Double Bills and New Dance at Dance Umbrella 2016

Dance Umbrella 2016, which will take place at the Dance Factory, Market Theatre, Soweto Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre Theatre from February 25 to March 6, 2016, remains a free platform for new contemporary choreography and dance.

Aside from the main programme which comprises mainly new commissioned work, the 28th edition of this internationally renowned festival also includes two Double Bills and a young artists’ programme called New Dance.

The first of the Double Bill programmes can be seen at the Soweto Theatre on February 27 and 28. It features two new works: the one, called Interim, is from Thami Majela who has collaborated with the Swiss choreographer Margarita Kennedy and the other work is Lingering, choreographed by Sonia Radebe and Teresa Mojela, which was created in residency at the Dance Space and is funded by the National Arts Council.

Lingering explores the physicality of thought which was inspired by trying to see what happens when a thought lingers. Interim, funded by Pro Helvetia, is a dance piece that looks at the connections found in movement, memory and sensory perceptions and was created in residency at the Atelier Mondial, Switzerland.

The second Double Bill can be seen at the Dance Factory on March 5 at 19:00 and March 6 at 14:30:
40 Years in 30 Minutes is a new creation from Shanell Winlock Pailman. She decided, on turning 40 years of age, that she wanted to share her life experiences, “before it’s too late”. Makwerewere by Bailey Snyman and Ashley Churchyard explores the restrictions and conflict of xenophobia in South Africa, with a focus on how people fear the “other”.

The New Dance programme can be seen on Sunday, March 6 from 10:00 at the Soweto Theatre. This programme features new work from choreographers from Durban, Polokwane, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bela Bela, East and West Rand and Mpumalanga.

The choreographers presenting work in New Dance include Mdu Mtshali and Njabulo Zungu; Petrus Molekwa and Stephen Luthuli; Thulani Mgidi; Nhlanhla Mdzimande; Kwanele Thusi; Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson; Thoko Sidiya; Phume Sikhakhane; Bafikile Sedibe; Qiniso Zungu; Llewellyn Mnguni and Precious Kave. After the programme, there will be a question and answer session with all the choreographers.

Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries
A writing workshop and public panel to bring together dancers, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers and costume designers from South Africa and abroad during the run-up to Dance Umbrella 2016.

Aspiring and established South African arts writers will participate in an intensive dance writing workshop, organised by Dance Umbrella 2016 in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and facilitated by arts commentator, consultant and curator Mary Corrigall.

The workshop will take place at the Dance Space, Newtown, Johannesburg from 2 to 5 February and from 22 to 23 February 2016.

The final session of the Dance Writer’s workshop will culminate in a panel discussion and open dialogue centred on the nature and politics of collaborations across disciplines and artists from different nations and cultural groups on Tuesday February 23 at 18:00. The event is open to the public and will introduce this year’s international artists and works that will be staged during the Dance Umbrella festival

The aim of the workshop is to identify new contemporary dance writers and provide them with the tools and confidence to engage with the works at the Dance Umbrella 2016, which will run from February 25 to March 6, at various Johannesburg venues. The workshop also presents a platform for established arts writers to consider different aspects of contemporary dance, exchange ideas with each other and deepen their understanding of the event.

As in previous years the focus is on a pertinent issue in contemporary dance that relates to the Dance Umbrella programme. Given the number of international works and the collaborative nature of many of them, the title of the 2016 workshop is Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries. As such the emphasis is on collaboration and breaking boundaries; national, geographic ones, but also those that divide disciplines. Specialists in writing, dance and other creative industries will be invited for focused discussions.

Writer’s Workshop
The writers selected for 2016 are Jedi Ramalapa, Kolodi Senong, Nondumiso Msimanga and Sarah Roberson. An addition to last year’s festival was the establishment of the Dance Umbrella Gazette, conceived by Corrigall; it will again be distributed freely to audiences at Dance Umbrella 2016 and will present the work of the workshop participants. The inaugural dance writers’ workshop took place at Dance Umbrella 2010 and was facilitated by the veteran award-winning arts journalist Adrienne Sichel.

About the Facilitator
Mary Corrigall is a Joburg-based arts commentator, consultant and curator. She was an art critic at The Sunday Independent newspaper for over a decade. She pursued academic research in performance art for The Research Centre for Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg. Her articles have been widely published in newspapers across the country as well as local and international art publications and peer-reviewed journals. She has been nominated for a number of awards and won a CNN African Journalism award in 2007 and was awarded the Thomas Pringle Award for Reviews in 2009 and 2011. The European Commission awarded Corrigall a Lorenzo Natali Award for Journalism in 2009. She is dedicated to developing art writing in South Africa and to achieve this she founded the South African Arts Writers and Critics Association (SAAWCA). In this capacity she initiated the SAAWCA Arts Writers Mentorship Programme, through which she mentored young art writers.

About the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach, promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural cooperation. Its regional office in Johannesburg particularly aims to broaden and deepen cooperation and global networks in the arts, and to further a South-South and Pan-African conversation. The Goethe-Institut is happy to continue its long-standing partnership with the Dance Umbrella festival in 2016. www.goethe.de/joburg

About the Dance Umbrella festival
It had its beginnings when two journalists, Marilyn Jenkins and Adrienne Sichel, both with a passionate interest in contemporary choreography and dance, approached the chief business/arts partnership of that time, the Vita Awards, requesting that they initiate a contemporary dance festival in South Africa; and the Vita Dance Umbrella, under the aegis of AA Life and Vita Promotions (under the directorship of Philip Stein) was launched in Johannesburg in 1989. The first festival, with only about eight choreographers participating, received a R3 000 sponsorship from AA Life, which continued to fund, anonymously, the Dance Umbrella until 1992.

Dance Umbrella, an annual festival, has become the platform for new South African work. It is the main programme which both artists and international programmers consider the place to show and see work and includes new commissioned work by South African companies/choreographers; invited international companies; young artists; a series of workshops and/or master classes and discussions and debates regarding the dance industry.

Today the Festival, under the artistic directorship of Georgina Thomson, is widely acknowledged as the premier contemporary dance festival in Africa.

“Dynamic Dance Showcase: The FNB Dance Umbrella – a showcase of southern African and International dance and choreography – is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most important festivals, offering an opportunity to explore and develop all emergent dance forms.

“Dance Umbrella: Jumble of recycled aesthetics mixed with dance makers: What do you get when a South African musician, a Botswana visual artist and a Zimbabwean choreographer cross paths? A uniquely Southern African collaboration that puts politicians in the region to shame!” …Star Tonight

The 2016 Dance Umbrella team

Artistic Director
Georgina Thomson

Administrator
Lindiwe Lekasapa

Production Managers
Gladman Balintulo – Soweto Theatre
Mashudu Nemukula – Dance Factory
Mandla Mtshali – Market Theatre
David Hlatshwayo – Assistant / Dance Factory
Aubrey Ndaba – UJ Arts Centre Theatre

Publicity/media liaison
Behind the Scenes Communications / Di Sparks

Social media
Melissa Griesel

Dance Forum is a Registered Section 21 organisation

D A N C E F O R U M
The Dance Space
1 Helen Joseph (President) Street
between Henry Nxumalo & Miriam Makeba Streets, Newtown 2113
Tel: 011 492 0709 / 2033 l Fax: 011 492 2030
www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za

Dance Umbrella 2016 extends a thank you to its many partners without whom the festival would not have been presented: The Department of Arts & Culture; the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the U.S. Mission South Africa, the French Institut of South Africa; the Goethe Institut Johannesburg (Dance Writer’s Workshop), National Arts Council; City of Joburg, The Market Theatre Foundation, Soweto Theatre, Camoes-Instituto Da Cooperacao Da Lingua and Embassy of Portugal South Africa, Lufthansa and Creative Feel and a special thank you to Splitbeam who will supply the technical equipment for the festival.

Tickets from R80 to R150 are available from Computicket – 083 915 8000 or www.computicket.com and for performances at the Soweto Theatre: 0861 670 670 or www.webtickets.com.

For block booking discounts and programme updates, please call 011 492 2033 / 0709 or email danceumbrella@danceforum.co.za / lindiwe@danceforum.co.za

The Dance Umbrella 2016 programme is available on the website: www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za.

Download the 2016_DU_programme.

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