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Beautyfull at the Baxter

Baxter Theatre Centre
10/09/2010 08:45:15

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With just five performances, the edgy, humorous and life-affirming Beautyfull comes to the Baxter.

Following its resounding success in 2008 and 2009, the edgy, life-affirming and humorous dance work Beautyfull comes to the Baxter Theatre for a short season of five performances only, from 13 to 16 October at 8pm nightly, with a matinee on Saturday, 16 October, at 2pm.

The collaboration, which features leading South African integrated dance initiative Remix Dance Company, South African Circle of Dance Academy (SACDA) and Jazzart Dance Theatre, was originally commissioned for Disability and Women's Week in August 2008, produced and performed at Artscape.

Beautyfull draws on contemporary dance, ballroom and Latin American dancing, as well as Argentinian tango, to showcase the three companies who explore the various themes of love, the moments of absence and the longing for love. The music features a wonderful selection of complementary styles and artists such as Nina Simone, Neo Muyanga, Letta Mbuli, Tupac and Mandoza, combined with the tango waltz ‘La Luna' and clarinet tangos. The show also features a live performance by 19-year-old Charné Hugo, who reached the Top 50 in Idols, seen recently on television.

The dynamic cast who make up the Beautyfull ensemble are Nadine McKenzie, Malcolm Black and Andile Vellem of Remix; Phindile Kula, Refiloe Mogoje and Jackie Manyaapelo (newly appointed artistic director) of Jazzart; eight dancers from SACDA and 12-year old dancer Aiden Bizony. The combination of and collaboration by these companies can be described as nothing short of inspiring.

Beautyfull has been made possible through the generous investment of philanthropic international businessman Roger Jungblut, CEO of UAL's Youngblood, who, when he first saw a performance of this production, was bowled over by the work and by Remix Dance Company and decided to invest in and commit to the company's immediate future.

Directed by Ina Wichterich-Mogane, the production creatively and dynamically combines differently-abled performers and gives further meaning and expression to the term ‘integrated dance'. "With Beautyfull I was determined to create a work that would be fun and funny, sincere and immediately enjoyable for the audience," explains director Ina Wichterich-Mogane.

"I did not focus on disabilities or women as themes. It was important for me to create a dance work about people's abilities rather. After all, every one of us has some sort of disability, if you think about it. Whether it stems from our backgrounds or whether it is woven into our emotions or our intellect. To me that makes us all differently-abled in many ways. The piece deals with men as much as it does with women. So with that in mind and the starting point established it developed into an exploration about love, since love is the one thing that makes us all enabled."

The Mitchell's Plain-based SACDA was founded by its Artistic Director and choreographer Gladys Bullock and offers specialised coaching for the differently-abled through Latin American, ballroom and social dance. With 1 500 learners between the ages of six and 17 throughout the Western Cape, its focus is to develop and train youth in performing arts, dance and life skills.

Jazzart, on the other hand, is the oldest contemporary dance company in the Cape, if not in Africa. Since 1973 it has been and continues to be at the forefront of contemporary dance development in communities throughout South Africa. The company continues to train young dancers for the professional stage and careers in the arts, to perform repertoire works and to create new pieces reflecting current realities. Earlier this year Jackie Manyaapelo took over from Alfred Hinkel as Artistic Director.

Remix Dance Company, now resident at the Baxter Theatre Centre, is an award-winning and leading South African contemporary integrated dance initiative which celebrates 10 years of innovative and groundbreaking work. The aim was to bring together differently-abled performers onto South African stages and to develop integrated dance locally. In 2002 the company won the prestigious Arts and Culture Trust Award for the Cultural Development Project of the Year in recognition of its work in education and performance. In 2006 the company won the Western Cape Cultural Commission Award for its Outstanding Contribution to Disability and the Arts.

Beautyfull opens at the Baxter Theatre on 13 October and runs until 16 October at 8pm nightly. Booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet countrywide. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or Carmen on 021 680 3993 during office hours.

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