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Saturday, August 22, 2015


(Nqubeko Ngema; Lungile Majola and Mjabulo Zungu. Pic by Val Adamson)

Durban University of Technology’s Drama and Production Studies Department presents the Annual Season of Contemporary Dance entitled Xplosion.

This spirited production presents work that is exciting, challenging, and that which explores new boundaries inspired by modern contemporary dance, Hip-hop, music, Pantsula with a soundtrack edited by Music lecturer Richardt Wissink. The principal purpose of the annual dance drama is to create work of an excellent standard that is identifiable with, and indigenous to, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

This vibrant production explores the relationship between movement and brain science and pushes the dancers to their limit by making their bodies move far beyond their “norm”. It allows the dancers to dance with drive and attack, punctuated with moments of beautiful lyricism accentuated by body rolls and the organic flow of quirky movements throughout their bodies.

Xplosion tells the story using rhythm of the music, costume, scenery, projection and simply express ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, harmony and dynamics.

Xplosion involves all 2nd and 3rd  year Theatre Dance Specialists and showcases 60 minutes new work by acclaimed Durban-based choreographers, Mdu Mtshali, Marcia Mzindle and Vusi Makhanya with some choreography workshopped by Dance Specialists. Lighting is designed by Mthandazo Mofokeng and the full programme is coordinated and directed by Dance lecturer Mdu Mtshali.

Xplosion runs from August 25 to 27 in the Courtyard Theatre in Mansfield Road. Tickets at the door.