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30th edition of Dance Umbrella

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Dance Umbrella celebrates 30 years!


Dance Umbrella opens on 6 March and will run to 18 March in Johannesburg.

IFAS is proud to be a long-time partner of the festival!


Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/2CLjDTU



For this 30th edition, IFAS supports 3 main artists.


Gegory Maqoma for 'Mayem', and Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe for 'Gula Matari',

Tuesday 6 March and Wednesday 7 March, 7:30pm, at UJ Centre for the Arts


They present a double bill featuring Vuyani Dance Theater. It includes 'Mayem', which reflects on our altered state of mind, our country in confusion, the madness, the feeling of being in suspense in this confined space of words and chaos. We are left with a body of work that strips away the beauty and gives us a mirror to interrogate ourselves, our actions, our responses. And also, 'Gula Matari', a show where the dancers become birds that whistle and use their heads to communicate with other birds.



Who are they?

Gregory Maqoma has a long history with Dance Umbrella since he started his dance training in 1990 at Moving into Dance. He has since established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, director, and scriptwriter.. He was honoured with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Arts & Literature) Award in 2017.


Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe was born and raised in a township of Soweto, South Africa. His choreographic debut took place in 1992, while he was still a performing member of Moving into Dance, with Gregory Maqoma. He is now an international and national award winning Choreographer and Dancer who lives and works in France.


If you want to learn more about their work, Drama for life organises a Conversation with Vincent Mantsoe and Gregory Maqoma facilitated by Warren Nebe, 7 March, 12:00-13:30pm



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Steven Cohen for 'Put Your Heart Under Your Feet... And Walk!' 

Thursday 8 March and Friday 9 March, 9:00pm, at Wits Theater


'Put Your Heart Under Your Feet... And Walk!' is dedicated to Steven Cohen's soulmate, Elu, with whom Cohen first collaborated on Dance Umbrella in 1998. Over the next two decades they radically changed the face of contemporary dance and performance art in South Africa. In 2016 Cohen was shaken to the core by the loss of both his partner Elu and his beloved childhood care giver, Nomsa. This work, to be presented at the Dance Umbrella, speaks to anyone who has known immeasurable loss and the necessity to keep moving in the face of petrifying grief.



Who is he?

Born in Johannesburg, Steven Cohen is a visual and a performance artist. He has performed extensively on the festival circuit, at such prestigious venues and events as Montpellier Danse; the Festival d'Automne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Festival d'Avignon; Munich Opera Festival, Bavarian State Opera; Festival Escena Contemporánea, Madrid; Bozar in Brussels; Oktoberdans, Bergen, Norway; and Canadian Stage, Toronto.

He lives and works in France.


If you want to learn more about his work, Drama for life organises a Conversation with Moya Michael and Steven Cohen facilitated by Nodumiso Msimanga, 9 March, 12:00–13:30



Steven Cohen



More information about the programme : http://www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za/

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