PRIVATE SPACES

A need for Discretion

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With South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy and good stories to tell, Vuyani Dance Theatre is celebrating 15 years of excellence, endurance and resilience.

With a successful, epic, first of its kind run at the Mandela (Joburg Theatre), Vuyani is treading new grounds by venturing into the private sector, with the inception of the new PTY Company Vuyani Dance Company. Vuyani Dance Company (VDC) is a newly created corporate venture that was born out of the original non-profit organisation Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT), which remains the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) entity, with a B-BBEE level 4 contributor status.

VDT prides itself in international partnerships and collaborations and one of these is the Dance Dialogues Africa project, a German/Africa project with VDT as the South African partner. Incepted in 2011, the project impact has been seen in the creation and touring of the productions Wake Up and Between Us, which toured the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

In its final stages the project is bringing Silke Z./resist dance, a dance company based in Cologne, producing in Germany as well as abroad, under the artistic direction of Silke Z to South Africa to facilitate workshops at the Soweto Theatre. Workshops will run from the 24th – 27th May by dancer Antonio Cabrita. Silke Z./resist dance with funding from Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerpräsident des Landes NRW, SK Stiftung Kultur and support from the Goethe-Institut, will also perform its production called Private Spaces.

In Private Spaces Silke Z. explores the idea of the private sphere. A male and female dancer create an emotional landscape shaped by the dynamic interplay between closeness and distance, control and powerlessness. Private spheres emerge from which the audience cannot escape. The traditional stage is replaced by a space in which everyone shares in a common experience.

The performances will be on 27 and 28 May 2014 at the Soweto Yellow Theatre at 19:30, entrance is free and there will be a question and answer session.

Vuyani Dance Theatre is funded by the National Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the project is supported by Dance Dialogues Africa, German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Institut, in association with the Soweto Theatre.

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