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Thursday, September 5, 2019


(Harry Lock’s portrait of Brad (with beard) and Ash Searle is part of his “Out of Character” photo essay series of performers and festival staff snapped annually at the Hilton Arts Festival.)

The Hilton Arts Festival adds its voice to the topical global response honouring boy and men dancers, dubbed #BoysDanceToo sharing the strong message against bullying, mocking and teasing boys who wish to pursue their passion and dance. This campaign is in response to the snide remark about boy ballet dancers made on a USA morning TV talk show when presenter Lara Spencer teased Prince George about his ballet lessons.

There are many accomplished boy and men dancers, joining the girl and women dancers, on the KZN stages this spring.

Brothers Brad and Ash Searle are poster boys for dance: confident, gorgeous, witty and talented. They will perform their newest production, Bijou at the Hilton Arts Festival.:

Bijou is FollowSpot’s latest offering which invites audience members to immerse themselves in the world of frivolity, finesse and fervour. Inspired by the international trend of cirque, cabaret and vaudeville, Bijou offers a string of perfectly woven acts from the mind-blindingly beautiful to the racy and ridiculous.

Bijou follows on from Bon Soir, Au Revoir and Caliente. FollowSpot productions have performed at previous Hilton Festivals to much acclaim, and are applauded as being one of the top selling shows at the National Arts Festival for the past three years.

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in  association with  Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR,  Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture,  BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel,  Martizburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.