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Monday, February 22, 2016


(Mandisa Ndlovu & Mxolisi Ndomonde. Pic by Val Adamson)

Siwela Sonke Dance company’s programme for new choreographers, held last week at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, shows their skill, their imagination, their energy and their sensitivity.

Presenting five different works, there is an interesting and pleasing variety. The use of dramatic elements, voice and dialogue as well as various innovative props made each piece visually stimulating.

These dancers work together as a unit and often become enmeshed in the space so as to convey a holistic vision at all times. Their total dedication is evident and the themes explored were refreshing and creative. All these new choreographers are to be applauded for the high calibre of their presentations.

The exciting and appropriate music / sound complemented and extended the artistic development of each performance, creating mood and imagery to which the dancers responded with precision and sensitivity.

The productions and their choreographers were Travellers by Siyabonga Mhlongo, Enough by Ntombi Gasa, Ngitakule by Sbusiso Gantsa, Passages by Mxolisi Nkomonde and Clean Heart by Neliswa Rushualang.

This is a well-balance programme which showcases the talent of this dance theatre company. Durban is indeed privileged to have this wonderful resident company. - Dawn Haynes