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Dance theatre company, Jazzart will be raising temperatures this week with their latest project, Azishe! Translated from Zulu, “azishe” means “let it burn”, which is inspired by the energy and passion that its young participants have brought the company for the past 13 years.
Taking place at the Artscape Theatre, Jazzart will not only showcase their own work but also that of eight emerging and established dance groups, schools and companies from around the country. Young dancers with various degrees of expertise will feature from Ibuyambo Dance Ensemble under the direction of Dizu Plaatjies, the Sibonele Dance Project, Vacbase Nu-Legends Performing Arts, Intsika Yoluntu Development Project, and iKapa Youth Dance Theatre. Other performers include Camps Bay High School, Hugo Naude Dance Theatre and Ziadance.
In addition to the programme, two free sessions will be held: “Conversations with Artists” will be facilitated by poet, writer and teacher Primrose Mrwebi along with SA hip hop artist and founder of Black Noise, Emile Jansen, on the topic of “Unleashing Creativity”.
Agility and dance precision can be seen in two of Jazzart’s pieces which will be presented on opening and closing night. One piece is choreographed by dancer and choreographer Mzokuthula Gasa using his trademark blend of modern and traditional dance techniques to produce a work described as a “pure celebration of dance and freedom of movement without boundaries”.
The other piece entitled Spookfontein will be debuted by Jazzart’s artistic director, Jacqueline Manyaapelo which features Herman van Wyk a visual artist known for his larger-than-life metal sculptures.
“I am using Spookfontein to investigate a different way of presenting Jazzart’s work by using improvisation, a core artistic strength of the performance company. The presentation of the work is also impacted dynamically through collaboration with other artists and integration of an art form other than dance,” says Van Wyk.
Spookfontein is layered, following a simple fairy tale narrative while drawing inspiration from Paulo Freire’s assertion that “we make the road by walking it”. The work touches on how we create our lives each day and how the decisions taken today, affect us tomorrow.
Manyaapelo explains: “The piece has some structure – all improvisation does. However, because we’ve incorporated improvisation there is also an element of surprise that the dancers have to be prepared for and must work with on the stage.
“This plays between order and chaos. This unpredictability mirrors everyday life and how the decisions we make in one moment affect whatever comes next.”
• The Jazzart festival takes place from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets are available through Computicket.