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Moving Africa 3 - Two Double Bills of Contemporary African Dance
On from 04 Jun 2007 till 16 Jun 2007
Barbican
by Musa Hlatshwayo - Mhayise Productions, Andreya Ouamba - Companie 1er Temps, Neliswe Xaba and Seydou Boro - Compagnie Salia ni Seydou


About: Moving Africa 3 - Two Double Bills of Contemporary African Dance

Umthombi

The Adolescent Male
Musa Hlatshwayo – Mhayise Productions

A boy’s coming of age in a rural community is represented through a dance partnership of controlled energy and beauty. The young boy traces the footsteps and shadows of a mentor, learning responsibility and the means of survival as he works on the land.

Impro_Visé_2

Andréya Ouamba – Compagnie 1er Temps

A man and a woman emerge from an urban wasteland; as they dance they reveal a relationship with a powerful but ambiguous dynamic. Choreographer Andréya Ouamba has created an original and intense moment of dance that won the international competition at Danse L’Afrique Danse! in Paris in 2006.

Running time: 80 mins / inc interval

South Africa / Sénégal

Plasticization

Nelisiwe Xaba

This solo performance unashamedly makes use of comedy to deliver its message, exploring the many ways in which society uses plastic, from packaging to prophylactics. Nelisiwe Xaba has performed all over Africa, the USA and Europe, and has worked extensively with choreographer Robyn Orlin.

C’est à Dire
That is to Say…

Seydou Boro /Compagnie Salia nï Seydou

Last seen as part of Company Salia nï Seydou in bite04, Seydou Boro returns with a confessional choreographic monologue. Humour, gravity, sensitivity and emotion are all combined as Seydou explores his relationship with dance, revealing the influences of European and traditional African styles on his choreography.

Running time: 95 mins / inc interval

C’est à Dire contains some speech in French with English surtitles

Burkina Faso / South Africa

Reviews

'The programme as a whole is fresh and illuminating, a rare and very welcome window on the diverse contemporary art coming out of Africa.'
The Guardian (on Moving Africa 2)

‘Dynamic with tempered ferocity that maintained its Africanist “coolness” from beginning to end.’

Ballet Dance Magazine (on Figninto (The Torn Eye) in Moving Africa)

‘Their joint style reflects their personal geography, and the virtuoso intensity they distil from their native African dance traditions – flickering rhythms of hips and shoulders, rippling spines, pumping knees – has deservedly been highly acclaimed.’
The Guardian (on Taagala: Le Voyageur)

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