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Crossings 2nd Edition


25 July - 6 August 2011

Initiated in 2010, Crossings was an original idea developed by French choreographer Michel Kelemenis, following his residency for artistic creation with Moving into Dance Mophatong in February and March 2009. Inspired by the place – four institutions dedicated to dance gathered in the Newtown Cultural Precinct (Dance Forum, Dance Factory, Moving into Dance Mophatong and Vuyani Dance Theatre) – and his own artistic experience, he thought of Crossings as a training workshop for international and South African choreographers, dancers, composers and lighting designers, with a view to giving them the time and the space to explore the relationship between dance, music and lighting design.

With more than 110 applications from all over the world, the first edition was a great success on many different levels: for the team of facilitators that was put together specifically for the purpose of Crossings, for the 28 participants who benefited from the training and for the audience who enjoyed the open sessions and the final performances. The choreographers, dancers, composers and lighting designers involved in the workshop discovered and explored the connexion and challenges that lie between various artistic elements within the creative process. This created a revolution among the artists, leaving them with more questions and a world of new opportunities…

For the second edition of Crossings, 28 South African and international participants will get together in Johannesburg from 25 July to 6 August 2011 under the artistic direction of a team of established artists, including two choreographers, Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa) and Michel Kelemenis (France), one dancer, Sifiso E. Kweyama (South Africa), two composers, James Webb (South Africa) and Eva Königer (Austria), and lighting designer Floriaan Ganzevoort (Holland).

As part of Crossings, dance classes and workshops will take place at the Newtown Dance Corner, housed on the same premises as the stage of the Dance Factory, the studios of Dance Forum, Vuyani Dance Theatre and Moving into Dance Mophatong. Next door, the Bassline will provide studios for the composers. The two-week programme of classes, workshops and sessions of artistic collaboration, will provide young international artists an opportunity to work together. Each choreographer will present in collaboration with a composer, a lighting designer and dancers a 12 minutes long artistic creation on the stage of the Dance Factory at the end of the residency.

2011 participants:

Brian Geza (Zimbabwe), Hélène Iratchet (France), Fana Tshabalala (South Africa), Mdu Mtshali (South Africa).
Neo Leleka (South Africa), Yogin Sullaphen (South Africa) and two international composers to be announced.
Ciara Baron (South Africa), Rachel Birsh-Lawson (UK), Giulia Ceolin (Italy), Thulani Chauke (South Africa), Kristina Johnstone (South Africa), Igor Jugrith (DRC), Benjamin Gouin (France), Nirit Rechavi (Israel), Oceane McCord (USA/France), Sonia Radebe (South Africa), Carson Reiners (USA), Thembekile Setiabi (South Africa), Muzi Shili (South Africa), Elvis Sibeko (South Africa), Katri Siipola (Finland/Denmark) and Tandi WinnieTshabalala (South Africa).
Lighting Designers:
Kabelo Chalatsane, Hannah Lowenthal, Wesley Maherry, Vaughn Sadie (South Africa).

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