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Thursday, February 11, 2016


(Sifiso Khumalo & Jabu Siphika. Pic by Val Adamson)

Durban’s inimitable Flatfoot Dance Company forges an exciting new partnership with the KZNSA Gallery and starts its 2016 performance calendar with a one-off specially conceptualised performance work that uses all the spaces of the KZNSA to evoke a journey through a site; a journey through the tricky inner and outer terrain of love relationships that echo in the big and small spaces of the gallery.

Titled loves own cruelty, FLATFOOT take a wry, fierce and sometimes humorous look at love relationships that never backs down from honesty and truth; and all the grey area in-between that is the very fabric of human connections. FLATFOOT has a reputation for offering politically charged dance theatre and this work is no exception. Small site-specific relationship vignettes play out between dancers who seamlessly move and flow between one another in close encounters. The gallery space allows for a more intimate engagement with the dancework and is ideal for a slightly voyeuristic look into the lives of others.

Choreography is by Lliane Loots in collaboration with the five resident dancers - Sifiso Khumalo, Jabu Siphika, Tshediso Kabulu, Sanele Maphumulo and Zinhle Nzama ).

The cast also includes UK guest dancer, and artist in residence with Flatfoot Dance Company, Iona Waite on exchange from Birmingham’s Ace Music and Dance Company. Waite has a BA in Dance and Professional Practice from the University of Wolverhampton (UK). She holds the positions of Youth Co-coordinator with ACE and dances with the professional company. She comes to Flatfoot as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two companies and has spent the month of February 2016, working, teaching and dancing alongside Flatfoot and all their various KZN based arts development programmes. She is a gifted and beautiful dancers and shines in Loots’s new work loves own cruelty.

As Loots says “it is always great getting new guest dancers in the company as they bring with them another history, another kind of body and another kind of movement; all of which we learn and grow from. Iona has been great as she is incredibly open and, at heart, is a dancer who takes huge risks; so for me as choreographer, this has been fantastic!”
loves own cruelty has only one performance which takes place on February 19 at 18h00 at the KZNSA Gallery and tickets can be purchase up to one hour before the show. The KZNSA coffee bar will be open!

The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit