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Jazzart celebrates new identity, vision and strategy with brand new production Cantico at Baxter Theatre

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Vatiswa Nodlayiya, Refiloe Mogoje in Cantico
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Jazzart's Cantico
Baxter Theatre
3 – 6 August: 20h00
Tickets: R100
Bookings: www.computicket.co.za

Jazzart Dance Theatre, South Africa’s oldest contemporary dance company, will celebrate its new identity, vision, strategy and leadership with a brand-new production, Cantico, at the Baxter Theatre for 5 performances only from 3 to 6 August at 8.00pm, with a matinee on Saturday, 6 August, at 3pm.

Cantico – which is derived from the Native American principle of dance as an act of worship – showcases the eight-member Jazzart company dancers and brings together three diversely dynamic women headed by Jazzart Artistic Director Jackie Manyaapelo, together with Faniswa Yisa and Ina Wichterich-Mogane.

Thabisa Dinga, Rozendra Newman, Vatiswa Nodlayiya in Cantico
Photo: Jeremy Daniel.

The award-winning actress Yisa makes her mainstream directorial debut with this production, which features choreography by Manyaapelo and Wichterich-Mogane and additional contributions by another Jazzart stalwart, Ananda Fuchs.

The company comprises Thabisa Dinga, Douglas Griffiths, Adam Malebo, Refiloe Mogoje, Rozendra Newman, Vathiswa Nodlayiya, Shaun Oelf and Nkosinathi Sangweni.

With this production, the Jazzart Dance Theatre team would like to pay tribute to its rich and vibrant legacy as it embarks on a profound journey that will place the performance company at the heart of the organisation as it stakes its claim in the world of contemporary dance locally and abroad. Drawing on its pioneering institutional history, Jazzart will affirm the power of the performing arts to transform society and remain true to its vision of being a ‘contemporary African dance company rooted in a deep and reflective understanding of the world’.

“This is an exciting time for us at Jazzart,” says Manyaapelo, who took over as Artistic Director in March last year. “Cantico signifies a turning point in the company’s work and its history while we continue to uphold and build on that legacy. In so doing we would like to give thanks to the people who have helped to create and sustain its success – the leaders, partners, sponsors, collaborators, artists and staff, and not forgetting the wonderful audiences who have supported us over the years.”

“In the spirit of the production title, we hope to showcase the fresh new direction the company is taking as we position it in the 21st century and as we explore a new dance vocabulary and language which define our brand and identity.”

Jazzart, with its proud history dating back over 35 years, is the oldest contemporary dance company in South Africa and believed to be the first on the African continent. From its inception, the company has been at the forefront of contemporary dance development, both administratively and artistically, within the context of dance as democratic practice.

Director Faniswa Yisa is excited about working with the company on Cantico as they present a new work which pulls together so many strands for Jazzart just a month after launching its new logo. She explains, “Cantico explores themes of identity and essentially is about honouring where we come from and being comfortable with who we are and where we are heading, while being part of a collective identity. It is filled with exciting stories told through movement and dance by these very talented dancers.”

Booking for Cantico is through Computicket on 083 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za  or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. The production runs for 5 performances only from Wednesday, 3 August to Saturday 6 August with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm. Ticket prices are R100 with discounts for students, pensioners and block bookings.