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Tuesday, February 28, 2023



(Above: Wheelchair dancer Bheki Khotsolo and Kyle Bowels with Jackie Linda in the spilt. Photo: Val Adamson)

 Durban audiences are in for a treat with the Dance production 4Graphy that is set to be staged at the Playhouse Loft theatre on Saturday March 4, 2023, in two showcases a matinee at 15h00 and in the evening at 19h00.

This new dance production produced from the Dance Movement Arts congress project and administered under the npo Wentworth arts & culture organisation is funded by the NAC PESP & AMAFA institute.

4Graphy opens the showcase season at the Playhouse for 2023. The first production to be on at the newly renovated Playhouse is directed and choreographed by long-time dance-maker Jarryd Watson. He is joined by a collaborated team of Durban choreographers, Casey Swales, Cue Ngema and Lyrical Deezy from Cape Town.

The versatile cast members were selected from emerging young professional dancers from Durban and Cape Town who are highly skilled in ballet, hip hop, contemporary & inclusive dance.

(Right: Choreographers sitting left to right Jarryd Watson and Lyrical Deezy and leaping at the back Cue Ngema. Photo: Val Adamson)

A cast that is made up of 18 dancers portrays the various narratives of “post covid’’ & the experiences that society is facing from the pandemic as they recover, rebuild, and restore what was lost during that time.

The idea of four choreographers coming together to create this dance production hence the unique title 4Graphy interprets these narratives through the dance genres of 15 minutes each showcasing ballet choreographed by Swales, hip hop by Deezy , contemporary by Ngema and inclusive arts disability by Watson.

Director Jarryd Watson says: “I’m so excited about this production that is the second instalment of this Dance Movement project. The first time we did the show in Cape Town during covid 2021 under the show Stripped and now Durban can see the continuation.

4Graphy is a dance production that brings a unique and experimental showcase exuding with energy from the versatile dance genres and this one-hour show is for all audiences with specific tastes for dance will enjoy.”


(Left: On the floor front:  Sam Melis & Kimberley Stevens. Back left to right: Calden Gibbs, Mali Ngcobo, Tyron Harris & Daniel Levy. Photo: Val Adamson)

Over the past two weeks, in addition to the Dance Movement Arts Congress, the choreographers and dancers have rehearsed, created digital content for the production where certain parts of the performances were filmed at site-specific locations in Durban for an online showcase and on Sunday March 5, young Durban dancers of all genres have the opportunity to take dance workshops and masterclasses taught by Casey, Lyrical Deezy, Cue, Jarryd and the dancers of 4Graphy at a “Day of Dance” workshop at the arts space Unity in Gateway between 10h00 and 18h00.

All Durban audiences are in for a treat with the Dance Movement Arts Congress offering this variety of entertainment of artistic activities that will showcase 4Graphy and tickets can be bought through webticket online: or from any Pick n Pay outlet under the name 4Graphy.

Tickets can also be bought at the Playhouse at box office one hour before the respective shows.

Dancers of all ages who train in ballet, hip hop , contemporary and others styles and would like to attend the Day of dance workshops can contact 0826839665 for more information on how book a spot to attend the workshops.

See the trailer of the production.