As part of its social missions, Vuyani Dance Theatre works within communities to develop dance talent, both at a school level and by training post-matric youth through its sought-after year-long in-house dance training programme.
Vuyani Dance Theatre’s (VDT) training programme provides intense training in dance movement and choreography skills and is a platform for VDT to plough back resources into the exposure of latent young talent. The training programme explores the synergies between the mind, body and artist over eleven months annually, challenging the preconceived notions that trainees might have through a breakdown of body mechanics, intense technical study and rigorous conditioning exercises. By the end of the year, trainees shed old habits and ideas that no longer serve them in order to create space for their true voice and expression as artists.
The class of 2018 was part of an accelerated growth plan and the majority of the class was cast in a full-company touring production choreographed and directed by Gregory Maqoma – Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero. This cast was part of the performance at the 2018 Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania, as well as the South African tour to Artscape Theatre and the Vrystaat Kunstefees, and will continue to tour to other international festivals scheduled for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
With the year coming to an end, we caught up with trainees and asked them about their experience as a part of the VDT training programme.
VDT will be auditioning for new talent to join the company’s training programme in January – an opportunity for young dancers to start their journey towards contributing to the multilayered creative economy. Prospective trainees can look forward to developing their artistry by melding the technical aspects of dancing with their individuality. This is conducted through the exploration of improvisational methods along with acquired physical techniques. At the end of each year, dancers develop a distinct voice and unique aesthetic rooted in Vuyani’s movement vocabulary that will make them a valuable asset to any professional setting.
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