Life observed through dance

ONE of the biggest dance projects, The Eye of the Storm, will be staged at Johannesburg's Dance Factory in Newtown on April 17 and 18.

ONE of the biggest dance projects, The Eye of the Storm, will be staged at Johannesburg's Dance Factory in Newtown on April 17 and 18.

Presented by the Sibikwa Arts Centre of Benoni in Gauteng, the show will also feature Anika Kristensen from Denmark and Boaz Barkin from Israel.

The duo, who had previously collaborated with Sibikwa, will presentIn the Wake of the Body and Down Flesh Road. Both works were presented at the Dance Factory before.

In addition to the new collaborative piece that will be created by the Danish dancer, four solos will also be performed, most of which will be accompanied by live music by the Sibikwa Arts African indigenous orchestra.

Sibikwa's artistic director and company manager Cherice Mangiagalli will present a piece called The Place of the Wo(man) .

It is performed by six male dancers and explores the essence of woman-ness.

It focuses on the identity of a woman as a domesticatedwater-carrier, and follows the path she pursues with strength, charisma and vigour.

Another interesting piece is Escalating Drop, which is choreographed by Tebogo Munyai.

The work takes the audience through contrasting elements in the journey through life: the struggles, the joys, the hardships and the honour, with personal imagesemployed in the narrative.

Rebirth-Reborn, which is choreographed by Lehlohonolo Dube, has been added to the programme. The piece is inspired by curiosity about the processes of pregnancy and later by the way the baby sits, eats, breathes and learns to turn around. All this, as well as the strength of the mother, is investigated.

The last work, Internal Barriers, will be by Taemane Mothobi. The piece displays characteristics that individuals are embarrassed about; those that we tend to hide from the outside world. It exposes the difficulties that we carry with us and explores the elements and devices that we use to conceal our authenticity.

Tickets cost R40 and are available from Computicket or at the venue.

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