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Cape Dance Company (CDC) presents new season


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A scene from David Krugel’s acclaimed The Nature of Being
Photo: Helena Fagan

Cape Dance Company (CDC)
The Dance Factory, Newtown, Johannesburg: 27–30 October
Artscape, Cape Town: 30 Nov–11 Dec
R60 to R100
Bookings: Computicket

The Cape Dance Company (CDC), under the direction of Debbie Turner, is proud to present their new season at the Dance Factory in Newtown, from 27-30 October 2011. Featuring an outstanding repertoire of neo classical ballets by well-known national and international choreographers, the season promises to be a highlight on the Jozi dance calendar.  

Acclaimed US choreographer, Christopher L Huggins, returns to South Africa to re-stage his award-winning ballet Enemy Behind the Gates, that was premiered by the CDC at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town in 2010. A contemporary classical ballet first performed in 2001 by Philadanco! in Philadelphia, Enemy Behind the Gates is an exciting, confrontational work created in a militaristic style, with provocative, haunting images and striking costumes. It is particularly poignant with this being the 10th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks on the USA.  Huggins’ training includes the Juilliard School in Manhattan and the State University of New York at Purchase.  He was a fellowship student at The Ailey School before becoming a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.  Since then he has enjoyed an illustrious career as a freelance artist working in America and around the world. Huggins will be accompanied once again by his repetiteur Kaya Amemiya. Guest artists for this season of Enemy will be Makeda Crayton from New York and Justin Daniel from Ohio.

South African David Krugel is well known in dance circles as a superb dancer, choreographer and director. Earlier this year he was commissioned by Turner to create a new work for the company, entitled The Nature of Being, neo-classical in style, extending and challenging the dancers technically. Krugel, now based in Den Haag, was trained at the UCT Ballet School in Cape Town before receiving a scholarship to study in New York under the brilliant ballet teacher David Howard. He has been based in Europe since 1980 and has danced professionally with prestigious companies such as Bejart Ballet, Ballet van Vlaanderen, Nederlandse Dans Teater (NDT) lll and CAPAB Ballet. Krugel has assisted and worked with exceptional and world renowned choreographers such as Mats Ek, Hans van Manen and Jiri Kylian. He is currently performing in Last Touch First as part of the ongoing Holland Dance Festival that is touring worldwide.

Michelle Reid, who has worked with the CDC as its resident choreographer since 1995, is known for her unusual and quirky approach to her subject matter. She has the knack of divulging a different side to an artist, and her newly created God’s Waiting Room is no exception. Reid ponders: “What happens at the exact moment of death when the spirit leaves the body and crosses over?” The work, with a cast of three dancers, is abstract yet clear and thought-provoking in its exploration of the subject.  Reid’s popular Us Travellers will also be presented during this season.

CDC dancers for this season include Grant van Ster, Henk Opperman, Simone Muller, Marlin Zoutman, James Bradley, Louisa Talbot, Steven van Wyk, Cara-May Marcus, Stefania du Toit and Martin Harding.  The company is based in Tokai, Cape Town and was founded by Debbie Turner in 1995.  The CDC is known for its excellent standard of dance, with performances that are uplifting and accessible, providing stimulating entertainment with a varied repertoire of superb dance works from both national and international choreographers. The dancers’ training is strongly based in the classical idiom enabling the company to explore a variety of dance styles, including ballet, successfully and with aplomb. The company has performed in key venues around South Africa and has presented seasons abroad at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival in the United Kingdom.  Their dynamic repertoire also includes works created by renowned choreographers such as Carlos Dos Santos (USA), Redha (France), Adele Blank (SA), Gregory Maqoma (SA), Michael Thomas (USA) and more.  Powerful athleticism, strong technique and a great evening of entertainment is a hallmark of this acclaimed company.

The Cape Dance Company performances run at the Dance Factory on Thursday 27th October at 7:30pm, Friday 28th October at 7:30pm, Saturday 29th October at 2:00pm and 6:00pm and on Sunday 30th October at 2:00pm. Tickets cost from R60 to R100 via Computicket or phone 011-8331347.  The season repeats in Cape Town with an additional new ballet by Christopher L Huggins, and runs from 30 November until 11 December at the Artscape Theatre where booking is via Computicket 0r Dial-a-Seat on 0214217695.

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