Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba comes to Joburg and CTDIVA PR
The outstanding Cuban dance company, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba from Havana, will perform at Spier and Gold Reef City this month.
South African dance lovers will be delighted to know that the outstanding Cuban dance company, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba from Havana, will grace the stages at Spier Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch, from 10 to 12 February and at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, from 17 to 19 February.
This first visit by Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba to South Africa is made possible through the kind assistance of and funding from the SA Department of Arts and Culture.
As Mzansi Productions has an established and on-going relationship and exchange programme with dancers and dance institutions in Cuba, the Department of Arts and Culture has asked Mzansi Productions to host the Cuban visitors given the company’s expertise in this regard and to act as producers for the performances. The performances go hand-in-hand with outreach programmes and dance and choreography workshops with the Cuban dancers and teachers in, among other communities, Khayelitsha / Gugulethu on Saturday 11 February and in Soweto from 2pm on Thursday 16 February.
Hailing from Havana, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is an authentic expression of the unique blend which identifies Cuban culture. The company's performances combine, in an original way, elements of flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance with Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Established in 1991 by director and choreographer Lizt Alfonso, the company is a resident ensemble at Havana's Grand Theatre. They perform to the music of a live band and are acclaimed for their co-ordination, perfection, stunning costumes, figure-hugging bodices and voluminous skirts that swirl and flow.
Dirk Badenhorst, director of Mzansi Productions, has during his visits to Cuba seen the company perform and is excited at the prospect of hosting this celebrated company in South Africa. He deeply values the importance of the relationships with Cuba through the bilateral agreement in the cultural sphere initiated by the SA Department of Arts and Culture between South Africa and Cuba, as well as the special relationship that the ANC has with Cuba.
In view of this relationship, Mr Badenhorst suggested that the visiting Cuban company perform at the celebrations marking the opening of Parliament. It was decided that the ANC would support this initiative by taking up tickets for the opening night performances in both Stellenbosch and Johannesburg.
Commenting on the on-going partnership with Mzansi Productions, Mr Angel Villa, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, said: “In the framework of the bilateral agreement in the cultural sphere between South Africa and Cuba and of the exchanges in the dance field, the South African company Mzansi Productions intends to bring to South Africa the Cuban Dance Company Lizt Alfonso. Considering that the project will provide the opportunity to expand the cultural relations between our countries by showing South African audiences the cultural similarities shared by our peoples, the Embassy of Cuba has decided to fully support it.”
The company will perform at the Spier Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch on Friday 10 February at 9 pm, and Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February at 8:30pm. Tickets are R150, R140 and R120 with a 50% discount for schools in all price categories.
Johannesburg performances will be at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, on Friday 17 February at 9pm, Saturday 18 February at 8:30pm and Sunday 19 February at 7:30pm. Tickets are R300 (for the Royal Boxes), R220, R180 and R120 and a special price for schools of R60 throughout.
Booking tickets for both venues is through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or www.computicket.com
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