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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


There is one more performance at 19h30 this evening of FUNK 2017 presented by The Theatre –St Anne’s College.

Participating schools are Carter, Epworth, GHS, Hilton College, Howick High School, MCS, Maritzburg College, Northbury Park, Russell, St Anne’s, St John’s and St Nicholas.

“Funk continues to generate tremendous excitement and has been a firm favourite on the annual school production calendar now for 19 years! This year we go back at our new home at the Hexagon Theatre, a specific move made last year to generate greater community involvement in the production,” says Lynn Chemaly, Theatre Director.

Funk evolved as an idea to create a dance programme for schools with very specific aims. Firstly to unite schools in working towards a common goal; secondly to give Drama students and their teachers the opportunity to create and rehearse pieces of dance theatre for public performance; thirdly, to enable young people to see that movement, dance and dance theatre is accessible to them and not only in the hands of professional adult dance companies; and finally, and perhaps most importantly of all, to generate meaning and artistic integrity through dance choreography whilst challenging young people to work outside of their comfort zones.

The task for each school remains constant: to create a six-minute piece of dance choreography integrating any type of musical or textual accompaniment. The programme accommodates a range of choreographic and performance possibilities and provides the perfect opportunity for schools to experiment with new forms. It is also important to emphasise that this platform is not a competition, and should not be seen in the same light as a sports festival or inter-house competition. The highlight of the production is always the mass group Finale which incorporates all the schools together on the stage.

Funk 2017 is produced by The Theatre–St Anne’s College, directed by Lynn Chemaly, with the Finale by Joslyn Anderson, and technically managed by the Hexagon Theatre.

The final show takes place at 19h30 tonight (May 17) at the Hexagon Theatre on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus. Tickets R70. Booking at or on 033 260 5537