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Thursday, October 16, 2008


(Pic: Vusi Makanya and Nobuhle Khawula in "hands wash each other")

Flatfoot Dance Company travels to Nigeria in November.

Flatfoot Dance Company will soon be travelling from Durban to Lagos, Nigeria, where they have been invited to perform at the November 2008 TRUFESTA Contemporary Dance Festival. This is a festival which moves to four different venues over 10 days in the city of Lagos.

Flatfoot are delighted by this invite which will see them not only performing their award-winning dance work, but also teaching contemporary dance classes and workshops in a skills-sharing programme with their fellow African dancers and choreographers.

Lliane Loots, artistic director of Flatfoot, says that she is "delighted by this invitation as it means we are making work that speaks to the politics and the art of our own continent, and it is going to be an amazing opportunity to see what our fellow African dancers are doing and hopefully to learn from them as well".

The award winning contemporary dance company has existed for seven years and is fast becoming known for its socially aware and athletically beautiful dance theatre work.

Flatfoot will travel to Lagos to perform hands wash each other, a work by Vusi Makanya, resident Flatfoot dancer and the recent KZN DanceLink choreographer of the year winner (2008). The work is performed by Makanya himself and fellow Flatfoot dancer Nobuhle Khawula. It is a duet that offers a beautifully contemplative insight into the desire for ubuntu and the need to find a sense of African community again.

In the past, Lliane Loots has collaborated with Nigeria's Adedayo Liadi of the Ijodee Dance Company (based in Lagos) and it is hoped that this visit will offer further space for these two award-winning African choreographers to pool and share their talents. They are looking towards collaborating on a new work between their two dance companies and two countries for JOMBA! 2009 to be staged in Durban.