Debbie Hathway is a specialist dance writer and critic for the Cape Times and Bizcommunity's BizLounge. She's a former writer, columnist and critic for the Weekend Argus, Cape Argus and Daily News Tonight.
Debbie Hathway is a specialist dance writer for the Cape Times and Bizcommunity's BizLounge. She's a former dance writer, columnist and critic for the Weekend Argus, Cape Argus and Daily News Tonight. Debbie is trained in classical ballet, contemporary modern, competitive ballroom and Latin American dancing, salsa and Argentine tango. She is an undefeated pro-am ballroom and Latin American champion and performed as principal dancer with the cabaret company, Dance Spectacular.
[Debbie Hathway] What I've learned about choreographic dance platforms is to expect the unexpected, where mastery may be juxtaposed with absurdity, artistry with self-indulgence, technical excellence with raw potential. There will always be pieces; artists and choreographers as unforgettable as there are those that are forgettable and Dance Umbrella's special 25-year anniversary season programme was no exception.
[Debbie Hathway] At the southern tip of Africa, we are privileged to be exposed to some of the best artistic performances from around the globe. Spoilt for choice, maybe. Demanding, definitely. The more we get, the more we want. So when Juana Vargas, artistic director of Cape Town's Flamenco Del Sur, announces a collaborative performance with the long-established Linda Vargas Flamenco Company from Durban, it attracts high expectations from the local dance community.
[Debbie Hathway] Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) ticks a lot of boxes with its upcoming production of Night & Day. Set to open at Artscape Theatre on October 26, it delights dance fans with entertaining choreography by Robin Van Wyk, Mervyn Williams, Kirsten Isenberg, Paul Johnson and Nigel Lucas.
[Debbie Hathway] The eighth annual Baxter Dance Festival at the Baxter Theatre ends on Saturday and there are two more programmes to see. This platform for established and emerging dancers and choreographers this year comprised 50 pieces of varying dance styles performed by about 300 dancers.
[Debbie Hathway] What began as a Cape Town dance fundraiser for a mass-sterilisation project for township animals in May this year has quickly caught on nationally as Dancers Love Dogs hosts its Durban event tonight, Wednesday, 12 September, and prepares for a Joburg show in October.
[Debbie Hathway] La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre returns to Muizenberg's Masque Theatre with Peña Flamenca, a new work that honours the authenticity of flamenco and its historic origins. The idea for the show was influenced by the context of artistic director Carolyn Holden's Master's dissertation, which centres on cultural transmission. It's a fly-on-the-wall experience of how a peña might look and feel at origin (a sought-after experience for those looking for a taste of authentic flamenco in Spain).
[Debbie Hathway] It's amazing how artists can challenge and inspire each other to create work that, in turn, inspires and challenges their audiences - and be thanked for it. iKapa Dance Theatre's collaboration with Afropolitan Explosiv does just that in their season entitled Inhale/Exhale, on at Artscape's Arena Theatre until 4 August.