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Sunday, May 7, 2023

FUNK 2023


St Anne’s Diocesan College will present Funk 2023 from May 12 to 17, 2023, featuring the following schools: Carter, Epworth, Howick, Russell, St Anne’s, St John’s, St Nicholas & Voortrekker.

Funk continues to generate tremendous excitement and has been a firm favourite on the annual school production calendar now for 24 years! This year they go back to a live programme and bring the production home to The Theatre at St Anne’s.

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 seven-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 2023 is produced by The Theatre–St Anne’s College, directed by Lynn Chemaly, with technical direction by Marcus Henning and Finale creation by BoNana Dance.

Performances take place from May 12 to 17 (excluding May 14) at 19h30 in The Theatre, St. Anne’s Diocesan College. Booking on Quicket: