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From page to stage with Joburg Ballet

The global success of the Marvel movie Black Panther placed Africa at the epicentre of contemporary popular culture. Keke Chele spoke to Joburg Ballet’s Senior Soloist Kitty Phetla, who was tasked with turning the short ballet film into a longer and more substantial work that

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Cape Town City Ballet’s Captivating Autumn/Winter Season

Bookings are now open for Cape Town City Ballet’s captivating 2019 Autumn/Winter Season. A combined celebration of modern classics and historical popular favourites, Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) recently announced line up at the Artscape Opera House includes Amaranth from 22 June to 7 July and

Gregory Maqoma Exist Exit Vuyani Dance Theatre

The power of storytelling Gregory Maqoma’s Exit/Exist

Gregory Maqoma explores his personal and national history as a descendant of the great Xhosa Chief Jongumsobomvu Maqoma with his timeless solo piece Exit/Exist for Africa Month 2019. ‘The theatre’s house lights fade to black and audience chatter quickly subsides. Music begins – a trance

White Crow ballet movie film Cinema Nouveau Filmfinity

What’s on at Cinema Nouveau:  The White Crow

Director: Ralph Fiennes Starring: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann      A young man of just 22, dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, is on an aeroplane flying from St Petersburg to Paris. It is 1961 and Rudolf Nureyev, not

Vuyani Dance Theatre Company

Employment creation: a mission possible

Over the past 20 years, Vuyani Dance Theatre has endeavoured to afford young people from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to excel in dance while developing a new generation of dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) has expanded its contemporary dance vocabulary of

Brett Bailey Samson dance music theatre

Brett Bailey’s Samson

Third World Bunfight’s newest production, Samson, is a sensuous, poetic and thought-provoking dance-music-theatre piece set in a dystopian contemporary context of political extremism, inequality, human displacement and violence. Creative Feel spoke to writer, designer and director Brett Bailey to find out a bit more. Beyond

Chicago Musical South Africa Teatro Montecasino Artscape

Lend an ear… It’s Chicago and all that jazz!

A nightclub singer, a double murder, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin, surrounded by the razzle-dazzle of the world’s sexiest musical: Chicago. Now on stage at Artscape, Cape Town, until 14 April, then playing at Montecasino’s Teatro, Johannesburg, from 20 April to

Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre Company

Revisiting our ancestral past in today’s context

When Vuyani Dance Theatre Project (as the small group of African contemporary dancers was initially known) took to the stage in September 1999 at the Dance Factory, the engagement was on a project-by-project basis, but it turned out to be the start of a new

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Cutting-edge dance from Flanders comes to South Africa

From March to June 2019, contemporary dance from Flanders will hit South African stages. Les ballets C de la B, GRIP and Siamese Cie, three of Flanders’ leading dance companies, showcase their work at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, KKNK Oudtshoorn and the Baxter Theatre

Dance Umbrella

Figure-ring the state of dance in Africa

The South African State Theatre is proud to announce that the newly revived and revamped Dance Umbrella Africa (DUA) will launch under the theme Figure-ring – The State of Dance in Africa in late March this year. #DUA2019 will embrace all genres of dance, from authentic South

The Selfish Giant JYB

JYB’s The Selfish Giant at the Joburg Theatre

The Johannesburg Youth Ballet will present The Selfish Giant from 24 to 26 August 2018 at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre. Oscar Wilde’s charming morality tale of the Selfish Giant, who finds redemption through the kindness and love of a little boy, is under the artistic

Vuyani Dancer

Developing a new generation of dancers

In a continuous effort to develop a new generation of dancers, dance teachers and choreographers as part of Vuyani Dance Theatre’s (VDT) founding objectives, nine young people have begun their year as trainees at VDT. Vuyani continues to use dance in a provocative and ambitious

Dave Mann

Performance as a means of play

The Art of Performance is a monthly column written by Dave Mann, an editor and award-winning arts journalist. ‘The longing had always been a place to call my own. Now my problems are with the council, dealing with things like water and electricity and all of

Londiwe Khoza, grappling with Gaga

Rays of Tel Aviv sunshine stream in from the skylights, illuminating the studio where Batsheva’s The Young Ensemble, the junior troupe of Israel’s renowned Batsheva Dance Company, rehearses daily. Londiwe Khoza, 23, stands alert amid the international assortment of preternaturally talented dancers. Together, the group

Sophie Mgcina Awards

Sophie Mgcina Award winners make their mark

The Market Theatre Foundation’s Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is barely five years old and already all its winners are taking the South African industry by storm as they continue to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the late artist, teacher and cultural activist, Sophie Mgcina.

Mos Jazz Festival

Mos Jazz Festival Line-up Complete

In just over a week, the beautiful seaside town of Mossell Bay is going to be the venue for four days of music, food, fun, dancing and a generally a feast of family fun. The inaugural Mos Jazz Festival is being held on De Bakke

Dance Umbrella

Dance Umbrella: 30 Years On

Dance Umbrella 2018 will take place from 6 to 18 March 2018 at various venues across Johannesburg, celebrating 30 years of new contemporary choreography and dance.      One of the most celebrated events on the Johannesburg calendar, Dance Umbrella 2018 presents a line-up of

Confined

A choreographer Confined to no boundaries

Lulu Mlangeni’s career took off after she won the TV show, So you think you can dance, in 2010 – her new dance piece Confined is at the Market Theatre.      In 2014, she was the inaugural recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging

ACT Scholarships

ACT announces four Scholarship winners 2017

On Saturday evening twelve future stars performed their hearts out on the legendary John Kani stage of the Market Theatre.  The talented finalists from around the country travelled to Joburg in the hope of winning a scholarship to pursue their dreams. Having spent the week

OppiKoppi

OppiKoppi highlights with Creative Feel: PART 3

Moonga K. (Saturday 7 October, 12:00-13:00 @ SKELLUM) Zambian-born, Johannesburg-based MOONGA K. is accompanied by an ageless soul and a fresh, international perspective. His crystal vocals cut through an industry of complacency with soft, striking introspection, atop authentic instrumentation and minimal production. FREE is the

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