28 February 2013

Namibia: The Journey Through Dance

'The Journey' is the first work to be produced by choreographers Angelika Schroeder and Trixie Munyama, Dance Lecturers at the College of the Arts (Cota) for the Dance Theatre of Namibia (DTN). DTN has been initiated by Munyama and Schroeder with the purpose of producing high quality performance works suitable enough for an international audience and to develop aesthetically and technically proficient dancers. The objective of which is to incorporate traditional Namibian movement vocabulary to create contemporary productions developed with Africanist movement aesthetics reflecting current social issues.

Extraordinary Namibian dancers like Stanley Mareka of Equipped Dance Academy, First Rain Dance Theatre dancers Tulimelila Shityuwete and Haymich Olivier, former students of the Cota, Justina Andreas and Faizel Browny, who has performed with DanceForAll, in Cape Town, and Grant Edam, a contemporary, Afro-fusion dancer trained at the Eon Group and the University of Cape Town School of Dance. Choreographers, Munyama and Schroeder, in a rare case will also be performing.

Featuring in the production is the Chinese Art Group, a dance ensemble comprising of six traditional performers as an opening act. 'The Journey' will be performed today and tomorrow at the Katutura Community Arts Centre's (KCAC) Boiler House Theatre, which is the ideal platform to showcase such an organically Namibian work, fitting in well well with DTN's mission to bring dance arts closer to the people. The show starts at 20h00 and is expected to end at 21h15 after which the audience may remain to engage in discussions of the works with the choreographers. Tickets are N$20.

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