Dance Umbrella 2018      

The 30th edition of the annual Dance Umbrella festival will run from March 6 -18, 2018 at various venues all over Johannesburg.

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission, Dance Umbrella 2018 will be a celebration of South African contemporary choreography and dance.

The Dance Umbrella 2018 brings a unique opportunity for you to discover and enjoy South African contemporary choreography at its very best.

The programme includes:

  • A Double Bill featuring a reworking of Gula (premièred Dance Umbrella 1992) by Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe and Mayhem by Gregory Vuyani Maqoma performed by Vuyani Dance Theatre
  • A new collaborative work from Gerard Bester (who appeared in the first Dance Umbrella) and Alan Parker, called Sometimes I Lean In…
  • Coloured Swans by Moya Michael - a new work that reflects on the place that coloured people find themselves in…
  • Put your heart under your feet…and walk by Steven Cohen: South African internationally renowned artist/choreographer brings home a work that premièred at Montpelier Danse 2017
  • Robyn Orlin (who appeared in the first Dance Umbrella), presents the internationally acclaimed work, And so you see… our honourable blue sky and ever-enduring sun…can only be consumed slice by slice…
  • Fana Tshabalala, in collaboration with Swiss artist Vladimir Ippolitov, will première a new work Men
  • Two double bill programmes featuring works from Musa Hlatshwayo (Durban), Louise Coetzer (Cape Town), and Gustin Makgeledisa, Phulani Nyanga and Thabo Kobeli
  • Jayesperi Moopen premières a new work in collaboration with the Cape Dance Company
  • Moving into Dance Mophatong celebrates 40 years in 2018 and a new work created by Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Sonnyboy Motau and Oscar Buthalezi will reflect on their history
  • Bag Beatings by Sello Pesa
  • PJ Sabbagha in collaboration with Athena Mazarakis, Shaun Motupi and Nicholas Aphane create a new work, Noah
  • Cape Town based choreographer Themba Mbuli presents a double bill of two new works
  • Owen Lonzar collaborates with Sylvaine Strike and reflects on the ballet Coppelia called Doll Factory
  • Thulani Chauke looks at the place of man in society with Nothing Makes Sense
  • The New Moves Programme presents 26 young choreographers

(This information is subject to change)

For further information please call 011 673 0035/011 640 1500.
Dance Umbrella 2018 is funded by the National Lotteries Commission.

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About the Dance Umbrella festival
It had its beginnings when two journalists, Marilyn Jenkins and Adrienne Sichel, both with a passionate interest in contemporary choreography and dance, approached the Vita Awards, requesting that they initiate a contemporary dance festival in South Africa; and the Vita Dance Umbrella, under the aegis of AA Life and Vita Promotions (under the directorship of Philip Stein) was launched in Johannesburg in 1989.  Dance Umbrella, an annual festival, has become the platform for new South African work – and is considered to be the place to show and see work by both artists and international programmers. It includes new commissioned work by South African companies/choreographers; invited international companies; young artists; a series of workshops and/or master classes and discussions and debates regarding the dance industry. Today the Festival, under the artistic directorship of Georgina Thomson, is widely acknowledged as the premier contemporary dance festival in Africa.

“Dance Umbrella: Jumble of recycled aesthetics mixed with dance makers: What do you get when a South African musician, a Botswana visual artist and a Zimbabwean choreographer cross paths? A uniquely Southern African collaboration that puts politicians in the region to shame!” …Star Tonight

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