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Sunday, November 3, 2019


(Kevin Govender, Karl Hebbelman, Siseko Duba, Charles Phillips  & Sifiso Khumalo. 
Pic by Val Adamson)

FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY is proud to present its 3rd annual integrated dance programme working with dancers with Down Syndrome. This will take place on November 12, 2019, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Fondly referred to as the “FLATFOOT Downie Dance Company”, this landmark one-off performance will feature the unique partnering of the professional FLATFOOT dancers with their Downie Dance Company members.

This unique dance programme is unprecedented in South Africa and is a celebration of the power of dance to shift lives and to negotiate difference and inclusivity. FLATFOOT celebrates its 16th anniversary this year and has - as one of its core values - the practice of dance (in education and in performance) as a tool towards what it calls “living democracy”. This dance programme celebrates community across the divides of race, gender and disability.

(Left: Karl Hebbelman, Charles Phillips, Kevin Govender & Michaela Munro. Pic by Val Adamson)

This programme began in August 2017 with the visit of Dutch choreographer Adriaan Luteijn of INTRODANS and his collaboration with FLATFOOT. The company has continued this work over 2018 and 2019 and this performance is the culmination of this year-long programme.

Titled Stand By Me, this dance work will not only move and delight audiences but will challenge the very core foundations of who we think can and should dance professionally. 

Four FLATFOOT dancers (Sifiso Khumalo, Siseko Duba, Jabu Siphika and Zinhle Nzama) partner up with their counterparts, Karl Hebbelman, Charles Phillips, Kevin Govender and Michaela Munro in a dance explosion that is an affirmation of faith, courage and the joy of dance. Aptly titled Stand By Me, this dance journey is about learning to stand next to our neighbours and acknowledging their humanity.

(Right: Sifiso Khumalo with Karl Hebbelman. Pic by Val Adamson)

FLATFOOT’s award-winning choreographer, Lliane Loots, says that “creating this work has been a journey into discovering community and into discovering what it means to engage a firm and loving assertion of self and identity. All nine of us in the rehearsal room have been forced to look inward and to find the spaces inside ourselves that embrace the true meaning of ubuntu, and I have been humbled every day by what these eight dancers bring to our process.

“As two very special curtain raisers for this evening, FLATFOOT will also showcase firstly, the work it has been doing in its unique 2019 “JUNIOR ADD: Girls to Women” dance programme. Ten young girls between the ages of 11 and 14 years have been identified from FLATFOOT community dance programmes run in KwaMashu and Umlazi. They have been working with FLATFOOT each Saturday over 2019 for special technical dance skills training as we believe that these amazing girls are the next generation of Durban (and FLATFOOTs) dancers.  They will perform a work choreographed for them by FLATFOOT’s Zinhle Nzama called “KIVULI”.

And secondly, the four FLATFOOT Junior Company members (Mthoko Mkhwanazi, Siseko Duba, Nondumiso Dube and Sbonga Ndlovu) will also perform Fire in Me! –  it is an athletic work created for them especially for this event by FLATFOOT’s Sifiso Khumalo who continues to grow a technical style that combines his own African dance roots with contemporary technical training. It is magical foot stomping work!” Loots adds.

Stand By Me takes place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on November 12, 2019, at 18h30.

This one-off performance promises to be one of the highlights on Durban’s dance calendar and is being offed as a fundraiser to help support the FLATFOOT Down Syndrome Dance programme for 2020. Tickets are limited and go for R80 each. To pre-book tickets contact:

Pre-booked tickets can be collected at the Sneddon box office from 1 hour before the start of show on – this is cash payment only as no card facilities are available.