A solid night of extraordinary dance. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)
An aspiring collaboration by Rickshaw Collective, Eden College and Kwamashu School of Dance, brought us synchronised night of dance.
Platform 1 is a contemporary dance experience that allows young, aspiring dancers and choreographers to show how they are trying to master their craft. It is a great springboard for the novice choreographers to ease their way into the world of dance and choreography. The programme's intention is to develop the performance and choreographic abilities of training dancers, while forming links between dancers, training institutions and practitioners. Participants and collaborations include Eden College Durban, Locomotion, KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre, Dusi Dance Company, Movement Laboratory and Mzamo Kunene.
With so much young talent in terms of dance, these young choreographers used the dancers to optimal effect. Kwa Mashu School of Dance offered us powerful movement, beautiful elevations and synchronicity that was fondly used by Penduka Dance company, Vusi Makhanya being a graduate of their programme. The young women left, performing duets and solos, did well to demonstrate their versatile ballet and contemporary technique.
The energetic dancers voice their love for dance and the sense of freedom that they feel while dancing, on video footage that served to tie all the pieces together.
Covering various themes - from freedom, to advancing and retreating, to discovering their ‘self’ and choreographic voices - I did feel that their youth might have prevented them from genuinely connecting with the gravity of the emotions but, all in all, a solid night of extraordinary dance.
Dance and Theatre practitioners involved in the Platform are Shelby Strange, Vusi Makhanya, Steven El Fantastico, Thobile Maphanga, Jean van Elden, Musa Hlatshwayo, Catherine Hampton and Bryan Hiles.
The main aim is to showcase student and upcoming work. Durban’s dance and theatre communities are being introduced to the promising performers and choreographers in their city. I applaud this valiant collaboration and look forward to future endeavours. - Verne Rowin Munsamy