Lee Kotza and Joy Millar of the In C production. Photo: Oscar O'Ryan
While many of us may be a little out of touch with what's-what in the arts scene, it would be a complete miss to not make a noise about the 2018 edition of one of the biggest showcases of dance in the country, Dance Umbrella, 30 years on.

This being my maiden trip to the dance extravaganza, I was lucky enough that I was able to kick it off with a double bill of In C that was choreographed by Louise Coetzer and Doda, that was choreographed by the Standard Bank Young Artist (Dance) 2018, Musa Hlatshwayo.

Imagine a whole lot of theatre, but with the wording replaced with movement, that strangely enough translates into a whole lot of emotion, vivid and colourful storytelling.

Where Hlatshwayo's piece was an exploration of Black masculinities, Coetzer's work is the reimagining of Terry Riley’s landmark 1964 composition In C, that is given the 21st century treatment. The choreography is matched by music duo Without Eyes. It is a completely stunning visual and auditory experience.

See a snippet of the production here.

Some of the productions that are still coming up in the festival:
And there's many more where that came from. For the full programme visit this site.