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Monday, July 13, 2015


(Reviews from the artSMart team at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown)

Entertaining and easy-flowing showcase of dance styles. (Review by Caroline Smart)

Presented by the SASAD KZN Dance Company, Mixed Motion offers an entertaining and easy-flowing showcase of dance styles. Both experienced and break-through choreographers handled the sections of ballet, Spanish, Jazz, contemporary, tap and hiphop.

Mixed Motion is co-directed by Des van de Spuy and Jenny Walter-Girout. Choreographers include Leagan Peffer, Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Sandra Kelly, Yolanda Bourman, Ann Boardman, Ingrid White and Julia Hosmer, and Kirsty Frances.

The company includes some 40 well-disciplined dancers ranging in age from 10 to mid-20’s and the programme was put together in a remarkably short time (over a period of Sundays) because of school commitments and travel distances etc.

Scene followed scene in a fast-moving high energy celebration of mixed-rhythms and different costumes where funky beat morphed into ballet prompting Ann Boardman to coin the phrase “the ballerina becomes hip hop.” Boardman choreographed the highlight of the show, a flamboyant item of Spanish dance – full of swirling red shawls, fans and skirts.

Mixed Motion is the winner of a 2015 Standard Bank Ovation Award. This production’s appearance on the 2015 National Arts Festival was supported by the Libraries and Heritage Department of eThekwini Municipality. – Caroline Smart

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