Tues 6th | Wed 7th | Thurs 8th | Fri 9th | Sat 10th
Evocative, edgy combination of contemporary performance, dance and traditional imagery breathes life into architecture and public spaces.
Choreographed by the performers, the works bring the smells, sights and sounds of KwaZulu Natal and re-invokes these on Cape Town streets. Often happening in between other performances, the CityScapes provide pathways, links and bridges, and points of intersection, meeting and departure.
Performed by: Sibusiso Gantsa Nkhanyiso Kunene, Sandile Mkhize Mxolisi Nkomonde and Neliswa Rushualang
Jay Pather (Curator)
Jay Pather is a choreographer and director based in South Africa. He graduated with an MA from New York University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1984 and since then has collaborated with visual artists, architects and urban planners, taking his inter-cultural performances into public spaces and working with the architecture of Johannesburg, Durban, London, Zanzibar, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, Mumbai, Muscat, New Delhi, Copenhagen, Koln and Cape Town. He is currently Associate Professor at UCT, director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Pather was a co-curator for Spier Contemporary 2007/8, part of the curatorial team for Spier Contemporary 2010, and conceived and directed the first Infecting the City Festival with Brett Bailey. He is currently chairperson of the National Arts Festival Artistic Committee.
Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre (SSDT) is a professional dance theatre company that emerged from a training and development programme for black dancers with no access to training opportunities, initiated by The Playhouse Company in Durban in 1994. ‘Siwela Sonke’ in isiZulu translates as ‘crossing over to a new place altogether’.
The company continues to produce new work under the close direction of Professor Jay Pather. SSDT is a registered non-profit organization SSDT has built an international reputation. They were invited to perform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, the Macufe Festival in Taung, at the opening of the International Writers Festival and at the Interface Festival in London. The Indian Government supported a hugely successful tour of India and Sri Lanka.
Vita Awards were received by company members in the categories of Best Choreography, Best Female Dancer and Most Promising Male Dancer, as well as nominations for Best Male Dancer. Recent performances include Blind Spot (2009), Denmark Copenhagen; Body of Evidence(2010) performed at the Big 5 Festival, The Hague Holland; Spier Festival of White Light (2010) in Cape Town, Opening of Parliament (2011) Cape Town, and I Should Have Asked But I Didn’t (2011) at the Drama for Life Festival Johannesburg