Thursday, September 26, 2013

Top Dance Talents at the Baxter Dance Festival


Dance lovers are in for a treat this year when the annual Baxter Dance Festival kicks off with a jam-packed line-up of the mother city’s top dance talents at the Baxter Theatre from 3 to 12 October 2013.

Jazzart Dance Theatre will feature 'Unlimited' directed and choreographed by Mziyanda Mancam on 3 and 4 October with 'Seya' directed and choreographed by Jacqueline Manyaapelo on 9 and 10 October.

 
Unlimited, choreographed by Mziyanda Mancam, looks at a dancer’s intentions of connecting the internal with the external, and how gestures can be used as a means of expressing intention of the body and not limiting the conditions of the body. The piece explores the constant shifts and changes that happen both within and outside the body.

 
Seya, meaning joy, is inspired by the title track of Malian singer, Oumou Sangare’s, album. The piece is performed by the Jazzart female cast and explores ways of honouring women through understanding, healing, joy, celebration and deeper understanding of self. The piece speaks of individuality and of being grounded in an ever-changing world.
About The Baxter Dance Festival
Now in its ninth year the popular festival is widely regarded as Cape Town’s premier dance platform with over 300 dancers taking to the stage and nearly 50 choreographers showcasing their work. The festival has grown exponentially and has become one of the “must-see activities” on Cape Town’s events calendar.

This year well over 50 entries can be seen, ranging in style from contemporary to neo-classical, flamenco, fusion, physical theatre, modern, African, jazz, and hip hop dancing.

The Main Programme runs every night at 20:00 from 3 to 12 October and is made up of various works of different lengths and features work by established professional companies and that of invited choreographers or companies.

2013
Main Programme
Time: 20:00
 
Thursday, 3 October and Friday, 4 October
Abeedah Medell (EOAN Group Theatre Company)– When we fall *Contains nudity*
Bradley Shelver (Cape Dance Company) –Scenes (extract)
Alfred Hinkel & John Linden (Garage) – Blood of the Young
Mziyanda Mancam (Jazzart Dance Theatre) –Unlimited
Joshus Beamish – Pierced

Monday, 7 October and Tuesday, 8 October
Brigitte Reeve Taylor (BDRC) – Greyscale
Mzokuthula Gasa (Sibonelo Dance Project) –Ubunye – Inspired by Africa
Louise Coetzer (Darkroom Contemporary) –Swarm
Mishkaah Medell (Eoan Group Theatre Company) – Re(verse)

Wednesday, 9 October and Thursday, 10 October
Mavis Becker (Theatro Flamenco Wilvan & La Rosa Dancers) – The Soul Lives
Grant van Ster (Cape Acedemy of Performing Arts) – Perfect sense
Jacqueline Manyaapelo (Jazzart Dance Theatre) – Seya
Gabriella Bishop (Yellow Glove Collective) – #barelybreathing
Sbonakaliso Ndaba, Grant van Ster & Shaun Oelf (Freelance) - We came , we saw , we conquered

Friday, 11 October and Saturday, 12 October (FINAL)
Luyanda Sidiya (Vuyani Dance Theatre) –Makwande
Ina Wichterich & Shaun Oelf  – You are Beautiful
Ebrahim Medell (EOAN Group Theatre Company) – Shifting Dependencies
Anani Dodji Sanouvi – Mandinga

Off Main Programme
Time: 17:00
Saturday, 5 October will showcase young emerging choreographers and student work.

The Fringe Programme
Time: 17:00
Saturday, 12 October will include work by youth groups, dance studios, school groups, traditional African dance groups and choreographers who have requested that their work run on this programme for practical reasons. It usually features great options for younger dancers and kids, offering variety for the whole family.
 
 

 
 
Jazzart Dance Theatre
Tel: +27 21 410 9848
e-mail: dance@jazzart.co.za
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Do a little dance...

Annamaria Klucevsek, an American from Plymouth, Massachusetts was enrolled in an independent study for college credit where she travelled alone to South Africa to study global dance and education with Jazzart Dance Theatre at Artscape, Cape Town. She was welcomed by Eltena Rethman, who is the fundraising manager of Jazzart and who took her under her wings during her time here.
She learnt the routine for Seya 'meaning joy' in the annual dance performance called Azishe! in the beginning of July. She certainly gave it her all. "Azishe" to her was a totally different dance style from what she had been training for during the past four years. The technique captured the grounded-ness and effortless fluidity of the intended choreography. She managed to learn the piece in just under a week. She felt honoured and blessed to have the opportunity to share the stage with such incredibly talented dancers and beautiful people.
In her time here, she learnt that dance is a universal language that we all speak no matter where in the world we live. Our differences are what makes us unique. "You will never dance like anybody else, no matter how hard you try. You can try to look the same as someone else, but the way in which you tell your story though dance, will never be found in someone other than you."
 
On one particular day, the Jazzart Outreach Coordinator, Mziyanda Mancam took her along to teach a handful of dance classes to a community outside of Cape Town. She was privileged to work with children ages 8-14 from a variety of backgrounds. The children are not all fortunate to have supportive families or stable health so they look forward to days when they can use the arts as an expressive outlet. These amazing children have inspired her to keep doing what she is doing and to never give up no matter what.

Jazzart Dance Theatre
Tel: +27 21 410 9848
e-mail: dance@jazzart.co.za
 
 
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Azishe! 2013


Jazzart Dance Theatre Presented Azishe! an explosive celebration of dance from across the country from the 4 – 7 July 2013. 

Translated from isiZulu, azishe means “let it burn” comes from the energy, passion and hunger to succeed that its participants have brought to Jazzart Dance Theatre’s, Azishe!, festival stage since 1999.
The annual dance festival provides a professional performance platform for young people to grow professionally from the opportunity to perform, under the guidance of accomplished professional choreographers and teachers, in a fully‐equipped theatre and to develop their creative and performance skills.

This year was a celebration of the various participants’ journeys, expressed through their inspiring different styles of dance. Azishe! provides a platform for professional dancers to share their work, while also nurturing emerging companies and creating space for community initiatives that build skills, confidence and empowerment.

The following groups performed fine examples of the way dance is moving and expressing new ideas.



 
 
Afrika Tikkun - Iqala Ngam 'We just wanna be Children'
 
 
Choreography: Fazeka Paul
The name Iqala Ngam which means “For change to take place it must start with me”. The motivation is for young girls to enjoy their lives and learn to survive within their circumstances. By knowing that their future only depends on them, by making the right choices now.
 
 
 
Jazzart Dance Theatre Outreach - Umlando
 
Choreography: Aphiwe Live and Wendy Thoane
This work was performed for the first time by two of the groups from Jazzart’s Outreach programme: Future Line Academy and Gijima Creative Arts respectively. Umlando takes the premise that each individual can only understand their own journey.
 
 
Dreamfinders - Life Architecture
 
 
Choreography: Mlekeleli Khuzwayo
Dreamfinders, from Kwa-Zulu Natal, performed Life Architecture, exploring the journey of our daily lives, from the highs and hot summer days, to the lows and cold winter nights, the road is never-ending as each day a new adventure unfolds. Shaking hands with the sad and merry, their passion for life which was once raw is now confined within the Almighty's law.
 
 
Jazzart Dance Theatre - Seya
 
 
Choreography: Jacqueline Manyaapelo
Rehearsal Director: Rozendra Newman
Seya, meaning joy, was inspired by the title track of Malian singer, Oumou Sangare’s, album. The piece was performed by the Jazzart female cast and explores ways of honouring women through understanding, healing, joy, celebration and deeper understanding of self. The piece speaks of individuality and of being grounded in an ever-changing world.
 
 
Jazzart Dance Theatre - You Are Beautiful
 
 
Choreography: Ina Wichterich-Mogane
Shaun Oelf, performed a solo called You Are Beautiful choreographed by Ina Wichterich-Mogane. He explored how we perceive our own reflection which is not always the image that other people see. To become a symbol of change, one must truly believe that we are beautiful.
 

Daveyton Arts Foundation - Elbeko
 
 
Choreography: Linda Lee Mhlongo
Elbeko by the Daveyton Arts Foundation in Gauteng combined dance with poetry, song and music to capture themes encompassing love, uncertainty, celebration and unity in diversity.
 
Jazzart Dance Theatre - Unlimited
 
 
Choreography: Mziyanda Mancam and Christopher Kindo
Unlimited, choreographed by Mziyanda Mancam, looked at a dancer’s intentions of connecting the internal with the external, and how gestures can be used as a means of expressing intention of the body and not limiting the conditions of the body. The piece explored the constant shifts and changes that happen both within and outside the body.


Jazzart Dance Theatre thanks the collaborators for their contribution to Azishe! 2013. We look forward to next years 'production and welcome you to see this amazing piece of art.





Jazzart Dance Theatre
Tel: +27 21 410 9848
e-mail: dance@jazzart.co.za
 
 
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Thursday, September 15, 2011


Jazz Art Dance Presents WAITING FOR RAIN tickets are available at computicket for R100. The dance show begins the 16 September -22 September . Keep posted and be informed on the lifestyle dance installations at selected 5 star venues. Follow us on twitter @ jazzart_dance or on Facebook

Friday, November 12, 2010

CONGRATUALTIONS!!!

One of our trainees, who has been with us for quite some time, has been offered a place in the Jazzart professional company. He joined us in 2007, and has been working extremely hard and proven that he deserves a spot in the higher ranks.



It is with great pleasure that I announce the newest member(unofficially) of the Jazzart professional company, ADAM MALEBO!!
Well done!! You truly deserve it and we're all very proud of you!



Adam Malebo



After matriculating in 2005 from Strandfontein High School, Adam attended New Africa Theatre in Athlone for a year. He participated in Jazzart's previous training programme for two years in preparation for joining the current group. On completion of his training, he hopes to be accepted into the professional company.

The awesome crew...

As I mentioned before, the Dance Joint Student Concert also offers our trainees the opportunity to get involved in all the background work in terms of staging productions. This includes lighting, sound, stage managing, costumes, etc.
This way, they are prepared with some of the necessary skills needed for a full career in theatre.

This year the crew list is as follows:

Sound: Robyn Poole & Luke de Kock
Lighting: Charlie van Rooyen & Elvis Sibeko
Stage Manager: Tracey September
Assistant Stage Manager: Tamaryn Schultz
Backstage Runners: Mandla Sibeko, Adam Malebo, & Amy-kay Klaasen
Presenters: Aphiwe Livi & Leilah Kirsten, assisted Company dancer Phindile Kula
Costumes: Ciara Barron & Stephanie Swartbooi, assisted by wardrobe mistress Linda Mandela

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Who's in what...

The list of choreographers and pieces that will be performed in the Dance Joint Student Concert will be as follows (in no particular order):

  • Monday evening class students…choreographed by Jackie Manyaapelo (Jazzart’s Artistic Director)
  • Tuesday evening class students…choreographed by Gordon Andries (Jazzart resident teacher/choreographer & Outreach director) & Mziyanda Mancam (Jazzart resident teacher/choreographer & Outreach , assisted by Sinazo Bokolo Brunz (Jazzart trainee)
  • Wednesday evening class students…choreographed by Shaun Oelf (Jazzart company dancer)
  • Thursday evening class students…choreographed by Ananda Fuchs (Jazzart resident teacher/choreographer)
  • Friday evening class students…choreographed by Refiloe Mogoje (Jazzart company dancer), assisted by Mandla Sibeko (Jazzart trainee)
  • Saturday students:
    (5 – 7 years) - choreographed by Adam Malebo & Charlie van Rooyen
    (Jazzart trainees)
    (8 – 10 years) – choreographed by Shaun Oelf & Thabisa Dinga
    (Jazzart company dancers)
    (Teenagers) – choreographed by Grant van Ster & Phindile Kula
  • Trainee tap piece, choreographed by Nkosinathi Sangweni (Jazzart company dancer) & Mziyanda Mancam (resident teacher/choreographer & outreach assistant)
  • Trainee women, choreographed by Ciara Barron (Jazzart trainee)
  • Collaboration with kids form Riverlands & Klipheuwel, choreographed by Gordon Andries (resident teacher/choreographer & outreach director) & Tamaryn Schultz (Jazzart trainee)
  • Students form Saturday classes, choreographed by Elvis Sibeko (Jazzart trainee)
  • Students from Bonnytown, choreographed by Mbovu Malinga (Jazzart trainee)
  • Duet featuring a Jazzart trainee & an evening class student, choreographed by Luke de Kock (Jazzart trainee)
  • Mzo Gaza will once again be presenting a piece with some of his students, and if it’s anything like last year’s piece…it will be amazing to see.
  • Spanish, Latin, Ballroom….TO BE CONFIRMED!!

    So keep watching this space!