A new Johannesburg dance company, WGRUV Dance Company, seeks to honour the classical and modern styles of Contemporary, Ballet and Spanish Dance as they introduce audiences to PHETOGO.
Starting with a preview performance at Roodepoort Theatre this 14 April 2022, the season will travel to Sasolburg, Pretoria and Cape Town later in the year. Originally from the US, former contemporary dancer and founder of Johannesburg Arts Conservatory (JAC) Holly Gruver created WGRUV Dance International as a contemporary ballet company to build into the arts climate in South Africa.
What to expect:
An exciting array of dances, WGRUV Dance will present a restaging of Jessica Lang‘s Solo In 9 Parts. This contemporary ballet in three movements celebrates life and dance, choreographed by Lang to the music of Vivaldi.
PHETOGO also features a new neo-classical ballet that has been created by Ken Yeatman, Holly Gruver and Lex Gruver called Shades Of Blue, which conveys themes of relationship, Balanchine-style nuance and subtlety. The Gauteng performances will feature classical pianist Mr Michael Sheehan.
Carli Olivier and Holly Gruver have combined forces to present a collaborative piece titled, SAND which ignites a feel of a contemporary breath reaction to the swirling intensity of Spanish whip and whirl. Unsquared by American choreographer, Tyler Gilstrap takes us back to the 50s with a playful Quartet into a Duet, which ushers in a new style of fall and recovery to Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans music.