One of the fascinating and most important aspects in a dance production is the casting. Unexpected partnerships can shine a light on a dancer who may have been overlooked previously, while new choreographic commissions create opportunities for company members to strut their stuff artistically and theatrically.
By Debbie Hathway 22 Jul 2014 11:50
Dancers in and around Cape Town with spare time this week should grab the opportunity to work with some top contemporary dance teachers offering free workshops at Jazzart Dance Theatre's studio at the Artscape Theatre Centre.
By Debbie Hathway 16 Jul 2014 09:00
National Arts Festival artistic director Ismail Mahomed's invitation to the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Geneva Ballet) to perform in Grahamstown in early July this year brought the company to Cape Town afterwards and has put the wheels in motion for a tour to Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg in 2015.
By Debbie Hathway 14 Jul 2014 10:56
An unexpected invitation from Ismail Mahomed, artistic director of the National Arts Festival, to Philippe Cohen for the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Geneva Ballet) to perform in Grahamstown this year has set a range of events in motion.
By Debbie Hathway 1 Jul 2014 10:18
A small group of family, friends and colleagues recently gathered in Cape Town to witness the award of the Order of Isabella the Catholic to Carolyn Holden, the former artistic director of La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre who passed away suddenly on 4 April, 2013.
By Debbie Hathway 6 Mar 2014 10:31
Scores of salsa dancers, DJs and instructors are flying in to Cape Town from around the world to attend the first Mzansi Cape Town Salsa Festival.
By Debbie Hathway 28 Oct 2013 14:25
Introdans artistic director Roel Voorintholt promised entertainment value for the company's new season launched in Durban last week, and they delivered. As for technical excellence, precision and performance quality - that's a given.
By Debbie Hathway 12 Sep 2013 10:48
"Be strong." Those were the words that echoed around the media office at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Even to the uninitiated it was clear that great physical and mental reserves would be required to do justice to the plethora of artistic endeavours on the programme, but many succumbed to the bitter cold and accompanying seasonal flu virus.
By Debbie Hathway 23 Jul 2013 11:55
Dance, Religion and Spirituality is the theme of the UCT School of Dance's seventh international dance conference entitled Confluences, which runs on campus from 11-13 July 2013.
By Debbie Hathway 9 Jul 2013 10:33
After three months as a pole dancing student, you'll know enough to be able to perform a few basic moves competently in front of an audience. If you want to make it on the world pole sport stage, it'll take years of training, practice, discipline and commitment to be a worthy competitor.
By Debbie Hathway 14 Jun 2013 11:42
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.
By Debbie Hathway 4 Mar 2013 10:21
The fifth intake of Jazzart Dance Theatre trainees gave their first performance in Destination ... Lerato at the Artscape Theatre last weekend.
By Debbie Hathway 11 Feb 2013 09:58