When the dance tells a story

SMART MOVES: Moeketsi Koena. © Unknown.
SMART MOVES: Moeketsi Koena. © Unknown.

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Telling stories used to be simple and straightforward, but as civilisation developed, human beings started using different methods to tell their tales.

Dance was one of the earliest forms of narration, and a modern choreographer like Moeketsi Koena carries on the tradition.

His latest work, Bodyscape, was inspired by the concept of "rebirthing". The production takes place at The Dance Factory in Newtown, Gauteng, from February 14 to February 17.

Koena, 36, apart from performing, has studied and taught choreography in Madagascar, France, Mali, the Netherlands, Egypt, and across South Africa.

He is the director of the Inzalo Dance and Theatre Company.

Bodyscape is the result of extensive research into how the body works in conjunction with the spirit and the mind.

The dancers' bodies are the "voices" that speak to the audience, but their vivid performance is backed by sound, visuals and lighting effects.

Koena and fellow Inzalo director, Lebohang Motaung, say what intrigued them was how best to develop the concept of "conscious breathing".

A major source of research was Something in this Book is True, by Bob Frissell, who discusses the healing process of rebirthing. Koena and Motaung ably take their audience on this journey.

Bodyscape also features dancers Lucky Molefe and Thabiso Pule, together with a DJ. supplying the sounds.

lPerformances start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R25 for students, pensioners and groups of 10 people or more.