A Connection of Dance

The Dance Forum - The Dance Space - A Dance Connections Residency Programme

Dance Forum is proud to announce that it will be hosting various Dance Residency programmes at the Dance Space, Newtown over the next few months, that will connect local and international dance-makers.

Funded by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Connections residency programme’s main focus is to develop professional South African contemporary dance practitioners to create, perform and diversify their creativity and professional skill within a supportive environment.

Dance Forum invited South African professional dance practitioners to apply to participate in the Connections programme. Successful applicants will receive assistance in the creation of a new work, teaching master classes and initiating invigorating debate and discussion with regards to their work.

The outcomes of the Residencies programme will be shown at the Dance Umbrella festival which takes place annually in February/March.

The Connections Residency Programme focuses specifically on assisting dance practitioners in the Southern Africa region to:

  • develop Artistic direction and the creation of outstanding dance performance by the selected young and established choreographers
  • enable the sustainability of free expression through contemporary dance by building capacity for the Contemporary Dance community
  • give dance practitioners from the contemporary dance sector in Southern Africa an opportunity to work within a creative and  secure structure and network and work with international artists.

The Connections Residency programme recently hosted a one week HIGH FIVE residency programme with the Geneva Ballet Company which was held  from June 8 - 14 at the Dance Space. Mamela Nyamza, one of the five choreographers, worked with dancers from South Africa and the Geneva Ballet. The outcome of the process was shown at the Soweto Theatre and Wits Theatre respectively, together with the works of the other four choreographers.

Over the next few months the Connections Residency programme will host:

  • a collaboration between Dance Forum and ISH Dance from the Netherlands which will bring together Fana Tshabalala and  Thulani Chauke with Dutch choreographer Anna Maria Suijkerbuijk in August 2015. A new work will be created and then presented at the Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg, Artscape, Cape Town and the Voorkamerfees in Darling
  • the third residency programme - a collaboration between Sonia Radebe and Teresa Mojela, which will take place in September/October. The work will explore what happens in the mind when a thought lingers.
  • the final residency with Nhlanhla Mahlangu who will be working on creating a site-specific contemporary dance work proposed for performance at the Workers Library/Museum in Newtown, Johannesburg with the intention of “engaging and interacting with the spaces, rooms and installations inside the museum”, says Mahlangu.

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