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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


(Photo by Melanie Janse: Camille Bracher appears in “Dance For A Cure)

During August (Women’s Month), South Africa’s leading dancers, singers and fashion houses will create spectacular one-night-only concerts in two South African cities. The events entitled Winds of Change will raise funds to vaccinate children against of cervical cancer.

The performances promise to be dazzling: Act 1- dancers of different genres interpret sections of Astor Piazzolla’s magnificent Four Seasons (Cuatro Estaciones Portenas); Act 2 - Dance Meets Fashion (dancers dressed by The Platinum Group: Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, Vertigo, Aca Joe and Urban Degree) with live singers and musicians, directed by stellar choreographer Adele Blank. This culminates in the Grand Finale.

Featured dance companies in Durban include Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, Just Dance, Move to Beat, Durban Soul Productions, Mhayise Productions, Surialanga Dance, Rhythmic Dance Studio, Mary Ann Salvage School of Ballet, Springwood School of Dance and Breakthrough Dance Company; and individuals such as Camille Bracher (now dancing with the Royal Ballet in London), Yolandi Olckers, Kitty Phetla, Salome Sechele, Jemina Bowring, Winsome Fuller, Jean & Gary Golding and Mxolisi Nkomonde. Amongst the vocal artists are Michelle Veenemans, Craig Urbani, Shelly Hinds and MC Mary-Anne Barlow.

The title and theme Winds of Change, talks to both the changing seasons and to change, initiating a positive shift. The events are the brainchild of Revelation – Dance for a Cure, a non-profit organisation which helps to supply a Nobel Prize-winning preventative vaccine to disadvantaged youngsters. Revelation - Dance for a Cure has hosted annual performances since 2008 and has so far raised R983,400 which has facilitated the immunization of 550 orphaned girls.

Winds of Change will be staged on August 5 at the Playhouse (Johannesburg’s Lyric Theatre on August 13). Tickets R180 booked through Computicket. All artists perform free of charge.