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The Baxter Dance Festival promises to be a bumper season in August with some exciting innovations that celebrate Cape Town's diverse dance talent.
The organisers are now calling for entries from dance studios, schools, companies, groups and independent dance-makers, as well as proposals from choreographers (including a DVD of recent work) for a specially commissioned new 20-minute dance piece from the festival, which runs at the Baxter Theatre from 25 to 29 August, 2010.
Closing date for applications to participate in this year's event is Friday, 11 June, at 5pm and choreographers are strongly encouraged to send in their submissions as early as possible.
Widely regarded as Cape Town's premier dance platform, the festival aims to provide emerging and established dance companies and choreographers with an opportunity to present their work, whilst striving to nurture and promote dance talent in the Western Cape. It is the perfect environment to experience and see work by established professionals, as well as exciting up and coming dance practitioners.
The festival has been made possible through the National Arts Council, The Arts and Culture Trust and the Chiappini Charitable and Cultural Trust. Over the past six years it has grown exponentially and has become a "must-do" on Cape Town's events calendar.
Since its inception 225 local choreographers have presented their work in the festival, featuring over 1000 dancers from about 150 studios, dance schools, projects, studios and professional companies from all over the Western Cape, presenting a wide variety of dance styles and genres, including contemporary, classical, African, modern and Spanish.
The Main Programme will feature work by established professional companies, as well as the newly commissioned work. This programme will be made up of various works of different lengths while the Fringe Programme will run during the day on Sunday, 29 August, and will include work by youth groups and dance schools, school groups, traditional African dance groups and choreographers who request that their work run on this programme for practical or other reasons.
Previous choreographers of the commissioned work are Ebrahim Medell (2005), Marlin Zoutman (2006), collaborators Yarisha Singh and Celeste Botha (2007), Levern Botha (2008) and Mamela Nyamza (2009) - all choreographers who continue to make their mark in the world of dance, both locally and abroad.
This year Cinedans, which usually runs concurrently with the dance festival, will take place a week earlier in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 16 to 22 August with screenings daily at 7.30 pm and a matinee at 2 pm on Saturday, 21 August. This exciting dance film festival will screen several of the top international dance movies in a wide range of styles and genres, which include works by international choreographers, directors, dancers and dance companies.
"We have decided to run Cinedans a week before the dance festival this year," explains Nicolette Moses, Associate Producer and Planning Manager at the Baxter. "In this way we hope to encourage the dance, theatre, entertainment and documentary film audiences and communities, as well as the public at large, to see the line-up. It's vibrant and different stuff. With the addition of the film festival, local audiences get the chance to see internationally award-winning work."
The Baxter Theatre Centre will provide a comprehensive production package - which includes lighting, sound, technical assistance, publicity, box office facilities, printed programmes and pre-show rehearsal arrangements - making it a "no admin headaches" experience for participating dance groups and companies.
All entries to participate in this year's bumper Baxter Dance Festival 2010 may be e-mailed, faxed or hand-delivered with the closing date for applications strictly no later than 5pm on Friday, 11 June. No late entries will be entertained.
Application forms are available from www.baxter.co.za, or the Baxter Theatre group on Facebook (www.facebook.com) or from the Baxter Theatre Centre's reception desk in the main foyer. Forms may also be obtained from and should be sent to Nicolette Moses, Associate Producer and Planning Manager, on 021 680 3988, fax 021 650 5260 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively they can be hand-delivered to the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, marked clearly for her attention.
For further media information please contact Fahiem Stellenboom, Baxter Theatre Centre Marketing department on 021 680 3971, 083 406 7860 or e-mail fahiem.stellenboom@.uct.ac.za
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Baxter Dance Festival
Dates: Thursday, 4th October 2012 - Saturday, 13th October 2012
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