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Dance Umbrella 2016 – Collaborations and Master Classes

Dance Umbrella 2016, with ten days of new contemporary work, will host master classes and mammoth collaborations 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

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

The 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, Creative Feel and Splitbeam.

Tickets for the Dance Umbrella festival are available here from Computicket: 0861 915 8000 and for performances at the Soweto Theatre: 0861 670 670 or

For queries: Tel: 011 492 0709/2033 / Fax: 011 492 2030 email:  or

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