Dance magic in a contemporary vein

YOU have seen her before and witnessed her demonstrating to one and all that she is a hugely talented dancer and simply loves what she does

I am talking about Lulu Mlangeni, who won the competitive talent show on SABC1 titled So You Think You Can Dance? last year.

The public might recall the time when she was new to the dance profession - but all that is past,

In contemporary dance she is one of the icons, making a huge impression on the sector as both choreographer and dancer.

Speaking to Sowetan at the time of her triumph, she said: "It feels like a dream. I'm struggling to believe that I beat all those talented people. This has been the longest dance journey I have ever taken in my career.

"It was hard. I am fatigued and my body has bruises, but it was worth it."

Mlangeni and other top dancers are set to hit the dance floor next month in two programmes of contemporary dance by five choreographers, who have been carefully selected to reflect the scope of dance talent in the country.

As part of the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative's (FATC) annual artistic programme, the company will present an exciting and provocative programme of contemporary dance, created by company members.

Dansbytes is the third performance season in FATC's busy programme for 2011, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with additional funding from the National Arts Council.

"FATC's vision for itself is to work as a powerful and dynamic incubator for contemporary South African dance. A space for artists, both established and new, to push the boundaries of their art and explore new ways of thinking and moving.

"Dansbytes reveals an exciting group of unique and individual creative voices, all equally committed to the future of a provocative and ground-breaking South African contemporary dance industry," the company says.

Dansbytes runs at the Wits Downstairs Theatre and Nunnery from June 8 to June 11.

Programme one features new works by Tracey Human and Nicholas Aphane at the Wits Downstairs Theatre from June 8 to 10 at 7pm.

Programme two features solos by Mlangeni, Songezo Mcilizeli and Dada Masilo and will run at the Wits Nunnery on June 9 and 10 at 8.30pm and June 11 at 7pm.

Due to the nature of the programme only those 16 and older will be admitted.

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