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Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Deadline: September 19, 2016

The South African contemporary dance festival, Dance Umbrella 2017, will take place in various theatre and venues in Johannesburg, from March 1 to 12, 2017. The Dance Umbrella platform is open to any new contemporary dance work that includes performance art, hip hop, pantsula and afro-fusion. The selection of works and the sequencing of the programmes are done at the discretion of the organisers, the artistic director and consultants, and their decisions are final.

Dance Umbrella remains a free platform for new contemporary choreography and dance and the 29th edition of this internationally renowned festival will include:

Main Programme - focusing on new work (30 to 60 minutes long) from South African choreographers and invited international works

Young Artists Programme - focusing on young choreographers creating work that challenges and interrogates

Stepping Stones Programme - specifically for youth groups, community groups and hip hop/pantsula, or anyone who wants to present a new work within a formal performance space where the process is supported with lighting and sound. It is important to note that once the Stepping Stones and Street Dance programmes are fully subscribed, no further entries will be accepted.

The venues for Dance Umbrella and all technical facilities within the budget, the theatre, publicity, posters and programmes are provided free, at no cost to the participating choreographers, dance companies or groups.

The closing date for entries is September 19, 2016. No late entries will be accepted.

For entry forms e-mail your details to or call 011 492 2033. For further information, phone 011 492 0709/2033 or e-mail

(This information is published on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see