Jazzart Archives 2018Jazzart’s 2018 graduation class soon highlights its progress with a powerful triple dance collection.

The multi-award winning contemporary dance theatre company is staging a memorable send-off for its graduating group of 11 dedicated trainees with Archives, a compilation of three works choreographed by three generations of Jazzart artistic directors – Sifiso Kweyama, Jacqueline Manyaapelo, and Alfred Hinkel.

These Jazzart works represent the evolution of this NPO, paying homage to its legacy while presenting a glimpse of the exciting future before it, and the South African contemporary dance scene as a whole. Archives runs from 22 to 23 June 2018 at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town.

The works Jazzart presents have been acknowledged for being of exceptional quality and significance. This 2018 Winter Season programme is no different, and is set to captivate theatregoers and inspire them.

What’s on the programme

Infinite Reflections from Sifiso Kweyama’s originates from the personal experiences of the graduates themselves. Kweyama as choreographer and resident artistic director, skilfully weaves the individual journeys of his students and their experiences over a three-year training period, into a seamless narrative that commands attention. Kweyama trained at Jazzart between 1993 and 1999, returning to the company as Artistic Director in 2015.  This is his first graduation class.

Seya (Joy) has been reworked by Jacqueline Manyaapelo, who last choreographed the piece in 2013. Inspired by the title track of Malian singer, Oumou Sangare’s, album, the piece performed by the all-female ensemble delves into African rituals and rhythms and is a joyful, freeing, energetic physical salute to life and living.

Vrugte (Fruits) is conceptualised and directed by Alfred Hinkel, and brought to fruition by the three male dancers in the company. It’s a full-bodied harvest of countless years of nature and nurture – the rewards reaped in the autumn of a life fully lived. This could easily be an allegory for Hinkel’s time at Jazzart, which itself is bearing fruit through this graduation and its evolvement.

Jazzart Sifiso Kweyama
Sifiso Kweyama

A new vision

Commenting on the selection of works that will be presented, current Jazzart Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama says: “Jazzart as both a training institute and a performing dance company, has spent the last three years concentrating on a new vision. As South Africa transforms, so must we, and in this year of centenary where we celebrate the late great Nelson Mandela, we felt it pertinent to also reflect and pay homage to our own recent past, while at the same time making a bold statement as to where we are headed.”

“Contemporary dance in South Africa is exciting and appealing and I believe these three pieces amply reflect this.  I am privileged to be able to share them with the audience and thank my colleagues and especially Jazzart’s dancers for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to perfecting their craft – they all have a bright future ahead of them. Congratulations Class of 2018!”

The importance of the transformative dance programmes provided by Jazzart cannot be underestimated.  Dance is a strong medium to promote social cohesion, provide an outlet for self-expression and generate a variety of long-term career prospects across a host of disciplines within the overall structure of dance.  Jazzart also offers a series of outreach programmes that embrace rhythm as a fundamental for teaching self-discipline, teamwork and self-development.

What: Jazzart presents Archives – 2018 Winter Season
Where: Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa
When: 22 June, 7.30pm, 23 June 2018, 3pm, 7.30pm
Tickets: R100 adults, R50 scholars, season special R150 for 2 tickets
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