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Young talent shines in Waiting for Rain

Jazzart Dance Theatre, the award-winning non-profit dance company that created last year's moving Biko's Quest, celebrates its 40th anniversary with the restaging of Waiting for Rain. First produced to showcase the talents of 2009's graduating class, this production unites past and present, ancient and modern, all in Jazzart's signature style.
Photo by Lenore Cairncross
Photo by Lenore Cairncross

"The symbolism of rain as a cleansing force, promoting and nurturing new growth, is synonymous with our journey at Jazzart," said director and choreographer Jacqueline Manyaapelo. "We celebrate our past while being inspired by our rebirth, embracing a renewed approach to our work."

A visceral experience

Much as was the case with I Hit the Ground Running, Waiting for Rain is heavy on the symbolism, which leaves a lot of room for interpretation and the potential for confusion. But as I said then, trying to think things through doesn't really matter when the feeling is so strong.

With live traditional music performed by the Tandile Mandela Indigenous Orchestra and the remarkable talents of the dancers on stage, watching this production was a visceral experience that left an impression long after the show ended. It's easy to see why Jazzart is praised as one of the most innovative contemporary dance companies in the country and looks set to go from strength to strength over the years to come.

Waiting for Rain is at Cape Town's Artscape Theatre until 15 September. Tickets are available from Computicket. For more information, go to

About Eugene Yiga

Eugene graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinctions in financial accounting and classical piano. He then spent over two-and-half years working in branding and communications at two of South Africa's top market research companies. Eugene also spent over three-and-a-half years at an eLearning start-up, all while building his business as an award-winning writer. Visit, follow @eugeneyiga on Twitter, or email moc.agiyenegue@olleh to say, um, hello.

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