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Dance Umbrella Africa to be re-launched

Written by More Matshediso

The South African State Theatre will on Sunday re-launch the Dance Umbrella Africa 2019 which will showcase 50 works by over 100 artists from across the country and internationally.

The programme will run until 7 April and will feature prolific dancers and choreographers, including Lulu Mlangeni, Sonia Radebe, Julia Burnham, Phumlani Nyanga, Dirk Badenhorst, German-Austrian Helge Letonja, Madagascar’s Gaby Saranouffi, and works from dance companies such as Vuyani Dance Theatre and Moving Into Dance Mophatong.

Artists from various provinces and parts of Africa, Europe and North America will use this opportunity to showcase their work under theme “Figure-ring the State of Dance in Africa!”

The revamped Dance Umbrella Africa is curated by award-winning dancer, choreographer, and South African State Theatre’s Deputy Artistic Director Mamela Nyamza, entrusting Nelisiwe Xaba and Sello Pesa with dramaturgy.

Nyamza told Vuk’uzenzele that this is mainly for dancers although all performing artists will find voice and home in the Dance Ambrella Africa by virtue of it being at the South African State Theatre.

“This event means an art genre’s survival and sustainability. It is a truly welcoming diverse and unifying performing arts platform where dancers and visual artists will be featured,” she said.

Nyamza said it will cater for the youth, who make up the majority of South Africa and the continent.  

“People must come not only to enjoy the performances as spectators but to start becoming proud patrons of the State Theatre for a diverse audience development. The State Theatre wants all diverse communities of South Africa to experience what theatre can offer,” she explained.

Tickets cost from R80 to R100. There are day passes specials available at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay stores nationwide.