Contemporary dance company Jazzart Dance Theatre has a new dance production entitled Emerge, which speaks to the heart of the necessary evolution of our human relationships. The season comprises works choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama, Ananda Fuchs and three company members, Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni, Tanzley Jooste and Darion Adams, recent Jazzart graduates.
The 2019 season is also the first showcase for the 15 young artists who began their three-year training programme in 2019. Looking to inspire young and old through dance as a storytelling medium, the students will be joined on stage by the 14 Jazzart-Chrysalis Leadership one-year dance programme trainees.
The production represents South Africa’s hope for an unencumbered future, as portrayed by the students’ ‘emergence’ into adulthood, one they form for themselves, although mindful of the past and of their imprint on the future.
Emerge: Jazzart Dance Theatre programme
Jazzart’s Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama once again demonstrates his consummate ability to bring out the best in his young dancers. His work entitled Solid skilfully and sensitively interlaces the individual stories into one fluid and cohesive dance that progresses through life’s intricate journey and materialises as a hopeful, unified human element.
Elements of Enough was created by Ananda Fuchs and the trainees who embarked on a process journey of exploring how a young person feels about their own power to create positive change. Physical, emotional and verbal boundaries were explored and the right to say ‘No’ to that which does not serve.
Female dancers take a stand for themselves in Vuyolwethu Nomphetsheni’s piece, Nur Nuur. The piece reflects a mood and a movement which is resonating around the globe at present, ecompassing the raw vulnerability of each woman, their pain to be heard and seen, their daily struggles to be taken seriously.
I Am Because You Are, speaks about our responsibility to pass on our knowledge gained through living life, falling, picking ourselves back up again, and coming back stronger than before. Darion Adam’s cast of young men come together, to provide mutual support in growing positive masculinity that will impact our society, especially during these turbulent times.
Lastly, Tanzley Jooste, under the mentorship of Ananda Fuchs, presents There, which premiered at the 2019 Baxter Dance Festival. Tanzley’s offering gives us a glimpse into the lives of 14 individuals who know nothing of one another until life and opportunity bring them together.
Where and when: Artscape on 18, 19, 25, 26 October 2019