The Dance Umbrella festival programme of exceptional contemporary dance and choreography is presented by Dance Forum, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, from February 26 to March 15, 2015.
Included in the two-week long festival programme are works from established and emerging, local and international, choreographers. Aside from the already jam-packed programme, also on offer are the popular Face-to-Face interviews, a dance writers’ workshop and what promises to be very stimulating, Master Classes for dancers.
Alfred Hinkel, the former acclaimed Artistic Director of Jazzart Dance Theatre, Cape Town, will be hosting master classes during the Dance Umbrella festival from March 4-6.
Hinkel will teach advanced level classes for experienced (intermediate/ advanced level) and professional contemporary dancers from March 4-6 at the Dance Space Newtown. His focus will primarily be on technique and will take dancers to another level technically, assisting them to face the contemporary challenges in the professional dance sector.
Hinkel, well known nationally and internationally, established his first dance company in the Northern Cape in 1976. In the early ‘80s he spent a few years in Windhoek, Namibia where he co-founded a contemporary dance company, Dial Dance Company with Di Sparks. He subsequently relocated to Cape Town where, over the next two decades he steered and nurtured the establishment of one of South Africa’s premier performing arts training and performance institutions, The Jazzart Dance Theatre. Now based in Okiep, Northern Cape, Hinkel has established the Garage Dance Theatre.
The Master classes are open to all experienced dancers and there is no fee. For further information please call Lindiwe at 011 492 2033.
Dance Umbrella 2015 extends a thank you to its many partners, without whom the festival would not have been presented: the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, (the principal funder) the Goethe Institut Johannesburg, National Arts Council and Rand Merchant Bank who both assisted with the Dance XChange and/or Dance Space Residency Programme 2014. Other partners include French Institut of South Africa, MOAD Gallery, Embassy of Israel, South Africa, the National Arts Festival, City of Johannesburg, Oupoks Projects and Services, Capital National Arts Council and The A(r)tchive.