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Sunday, June 19, 2011


(Pic Susanne Holbaek: Michael Revie and company)

Mzansi Productions is a Johannesburg-based dance company with a versatile performing style that ranges from the classical to the contemporary, making it unique among South African ballet and dance companies. “We strive to be a dance company that is relevant in South Africa in the truest sense of the word and which will address a wider market in South Africa and internationally,” explains Mzansi Productions’ Director, Dirk Badenhorst.

Mzansi Productions maintains an active performance schedule with the company's own productions, promotional events and corporate entertainment. They also participate in skills exchange programmes with various international ballet and dance companies and schools.

Having successfully completed its first production in KZN, Somebody to Love which appeared at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, their second production is Divas: Of Music and Dance which has a short run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from June 22.

It is a dance spectacular with singers sharing the stage with the dancers of Mzansi Productions. Songs made famous by such legends as Tina Turner, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Edith Piaf, among others, provide the music to which Mari-Louise Basson adds her cutting-edge choreography.

The musical director for the production is DuPreez Strauss; the singers are Anne Marie Clulow and Shuan V and the entertainingly stylish costumes have been designed by stylist David Hutt.

Also in the production are 16 talented local dancers who have successfully auditioned to be part of the Mzansi internship company and are being trained by the Mzansi teachers and dancers. Much loved Durban dancer Nicole McCreedy co-ordinates this project.

DIVAS: Of Music and Dance runs from June 22 to 26 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with shows from June 22 to 25 at 19h30 and 14h30 on June 26. there will also be a matinee sho on June 25 at 14h30. Tickets: R125 throughout booked at Computicket.

Mzansi Productions receives funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.