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Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre presents a public art series featuring dance and public spaces in Durban between June 16 and July 11 2015.

Choreographed by Jay Pather and the Siwela Sonke Company, Cityscapes is an edgy combination of contemporary performance, dance and traditional imagery which breathes life into the architecture and public spaces of Durban, and takes the form of four separate one-off free public site-specific works.

Cityscapes provides pathways, links and bridges, and points of intersection, meeting and departure. Taking place over four weeks during June and July, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre will be taking over Durban by bringing dance to the public in exciting, confrontational ways. Starting in at one point, the audience follow performers, discovering new spaces as the works unfold in a series of routes.

Originally conceived for Durban in 2002, Cityscapes introduced site specific dance performances to various spaces throughout the city, including the Albany Hotel, 320 West Street, Musgrave Mall and Durban's North Beach. The work then opened the FNB Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg in 2003, taking over the Carlton Centre, Devonshire Hotel, Sandton Square and The Oriental Plaza. Since then various permutations of Cityscapes have been performed in Copenhagen, New York and Cape Town.

The season is made possible through gracious support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). Siwela Sonke has also received support from KZN Performing Arts Trust and eThekwini Department of Arts and Living Cultures.

Cityscapes  can be seen at the following dates, times and venues:

June 16 at 11h00: The Workshop Shopping Centre, Gugu Dlamini Memorial
June 20 at 14h00: The Workshop Shopping Centre Amphitheatre
July 4 at 14h00: The Workshop Shopping Centre, above Pick 'n Pay, then City Hall
July 11 at 14h00: Old Pump House, North Beach

The concept is directed by Jay Pather and features choreography by Jay Pather, Ntombi Gasa, Neliswa Rushualang, Sbusiso Gantsa, Siyabonga Mhlongo and Mxolisi Nkomonde

For the full programme visit and Siwela Sonke Facebook and Twitter pages.