Dance Umbrella Contemporary Dance Festival

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Country and Region South AfricaGauteng
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Festival Contact Information

Dance Umbrella Contemporary Dance Festival
P. O. Box 91331
Auckland Park
2006 Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 011 492 0709

Festival Description

Since 1989 Dance Umbrella’s main objective is to bring African dance practitioners together. The Festival features both established and young artists, although the focus is primarily on young choreographers. New Dance commissions South African artists to present work, in addition African dance companies that may apply. The invited artists are chosen for the Festival from invitations after the organizers have seen either a DVD or performance (preferably of new original work). The program includes workshops, meetings and a dance program that runs for a period of about ten days.

Festival Dates September 1 - 15, 2013
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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • 2011 Dance Umbrella, ‘Redha’s Giselle’
      Choreographed by Redha and performed by the Tshwane University of Technology. Redha’s Giselle is set in apartheid South Africa and very looslely based on the classic ballet where boy meets girl. In Redha’s Giselle, however, the boy in question is on the opposite side of the colour divide and love all but runs smoothly. Their youthful and innocent love results in conflict, violence and even death. The dancers in this production are put through paces with tremendous energy and zeal, bashing violently and hurling one another with intense and often mad abandon until the immenent and fatal conclusion. (Dance Umbrella programme notes) Performed by:
      Giselle - Mari-Louise Basson
      Albert - Andre Regazzoni
      Hilarion - Johan Dippenaar
      Aunt - Liyuba Gongo
      Myrthe - Kristin Wilson
      Photograph: John Hogg
    • 2011 Dance Umbrella, ‘Circle’
      Choreographed by Sifiso, E Kweyama with the Flatfoot Dance Company (Jabu Siphika, Thobeka Quvane, Vusi Makanya, S’fiso Magesh Ngcobo, Sifiso Khumalo and Nobuhle Khawula). Supported by The Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Culture Dutch Flemish Diary in South Africa as well as the National Arts Council and HIVOS.
      Photograph: John Hogg
    • FNB Dance Umbrella 2010, The Dance Factory, Newtown. ‘San’
      Choreographed and performed by Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe with Aude Arago, Desire Davids, Romaine Cappello and Sara Cerneaux.
      Photograph: John Hogg.
    • Louise Coetzer
      Choreographer and dancer.


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