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Life's one long dance for Zoey

By unknown | Nov 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

She says she was born to be an artist, and has never regretted the decision to study drama at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Zoey Lapinsky is the first to admit that dance is competitive and opportunities are not as many as dancers would like.

In terms of contemporary dance, Lapinsky says, the sector is very tight and dancers must network to survive and grab the few opportunities that are available to so many.

Lapinsky was reflecting in a restaurant in Melville, Johannesburg, on the local state of dance.

The real reason for our meeting though is to talk about Lapinsky's latest production. It is a dance project that she, Acty Tang and Penny Ho Hin are currently involved in.

Called Running with Bodies, the three-dance solo on how it feels to live in our bodies is on at the Wits Downstairs Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from November 15 to November 17 at 8pm.

Lapinsky says: "The truth is, dance companies are fast closing down because of a lack of funds. And to be on top of the game, one has to keep one's ears to the ground to know who needs what dancer to do what."

From the three women's common roots - first at Rhodes and later at First Physical Theatre Company - Lapinsky, Tang and Ho Hin come together again after divergent life paths, to share their wisdoms and foibles on the dance stage.

Lapinsky and Tang pull down the curtains to reveal the laughter and tears of being dancers.

Lapinsky's A Side Portion of the Limelight comes to Wits after the play charmed audiences in Cape Town, Grahamstown, Durban, Hilton and also Johannesburg.

Tang, the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance 2007, turns recent public attention on its head.

Her new work, Male Variations:Let Me Entertain You 400 Times Over, is a raucous drag show that pillories Tang's emerging public image, in an anarchic performance that sits somewhere between art and travesty.

Ho Hin, was nominated for the Gauteng MEC Award for Best Performer last year.

The talented dancer performs in Anatomy of Loss, which is choreographed by Lapinsky.

In the play, Ho Hin interprets and analyses the nervous conditions of women who dwell in cities.


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