ASSITEJ SA and IFAS presents Chiffonade

Assitej SA
09/08/2018 16:21:48

ASSITEJ SA in partnership with IFAS, will host a dance piece created especially for babies and toddlers around South Africa in September.

For the first time ever in Johannesburg, ASSITEJ SA in partnership with IFAS, the French Institute of South Africa, will host a dance piece created especially for babies, toddlers and very young audiences.

Chiffonade will be hosted at a series of venues and festivals through September. The piece is created by established French choreographer Michelle Dhallu of Carré Blanc Cie and has toured extensively in Europe and to acclaimed festivals around the globe receiving glowing reviews.

As dance critic Mary Brennan says of the performance at the Edinburgh Festival: ‘The hurly burly of the Fringe (Edinburgh) doesn’t always feel a welcoming habitat for very young children, nonetheless there are wee gems for early years theatre-goers. Chiffonade is one of them … A ginormous squishy ball of many colours sits alone on the stage. It’s actually the patchwork house of a mercurial sprite who gives the sphere lively legs, turns it into a snail-shell home, and finally wriggles out of it into the Big World.’

As part of this exciting new model of work for young audiences, ASSITEJ SA invited Michelle Dhallu, French choreographer, and Suzel Barbaroux, dancer, for a residency at the UJ Arts Centre during March 2018. The dance piece is now given new life by acclaimed performer, Lulu Mhlangeni, who provides a unique South African take on the work. This dance adventure will now perform at a series of venues through September including: the Hilton Arts Festival in KwaZulu-Natal, the National Children’s Theatre (with the support of the French Institute of South Africa), and REDfest at Redhill High in Gauteng.

This intercultural collaboration is an extension of the work that was done for Cradle of Creativity, the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, which ASSITEJ SA hosted in Cape Town in 2017 - the first time the event has been hosted on the African continent.

Chiffonnade unfolds with fabrics as its raw materials – fabrics you can touch, crumple up, feel and fold, fabrics you can wear or disguise yourself in and which condition the way other people see us. But Chiffonnade also evokes emancipation, with the chrysalis of a child growing and growing until they become an adult.


Type: Dance
Duration: 40 mins
Audience: Children aged 1 to 5, and their families

Venues and tour dates

Hilton Festival Dates, KZN:
Date: 15-16 September
15 at 12:00 and 13:30
16 at 10:00
Venue: Hilton Arts Festival
Please see for bookings

National Children’s Theatre, Gauteng:
Date: 25-27 September
Time: 10:00
Venue: National Children’s Theatre, Parktown, JHB
Please contact for bookings:
011 484 1584

REDfest Dates, Redhill High school, Gauteng
Date: 29 and 30 September
Time: 09:00
Venue: Len Miller Hall, Redhill High School, Sandton, Gauteng
Please see  for further information
And for tickets  


ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875), which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

Members present in all provinces include: actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers and dramatists, as well as theatre companies, organisations and institutions, critics and cultural journalists, cultural officers, amateur drama groups, organizers, societies and other networks.

ASSITEJ South Africa works to promote international awareness of South African theatre for children and young people, through networking, organising exchanges, touring performances, and by facilitating contacts. Members are given access to a global network of information about festivals, performances, courses and seminars all over the world, with the potential to participate in these activities. ASSITEJ SA was the proud host of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity, in 2017.

ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by: Rand Merchant Bank, the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, and the Department of Arts and Culture. Other funders, supporters and partners include the HCI Foundation, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), UNESCO IFCD, Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francais, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institut, Government of Flanders, SIDA, The National School of the Arts, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television.


As the cultural agency of the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is the operator of the cultural action of France abroad, one of 96 institutes in the world. IFAS organises and supports artistic events in venues and festivals throughout the country. It has strong relationships with various South African partners through artistic projects. IFAS is a platform for cooperation, encouraging cultural diversity and exchanges between South Africa, France and the rest of the African continent. From performing arts to the visual arts, from literature to gastronomy, all cultural fields are honoured.

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Alison Green
011 028 6638
072 599 5716
Related Events:
Redhill RedFest
Dates: Friday, 28th September 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018
The Hilton Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, 13th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019
Related Venues:
Hilton College Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
National Children's Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue Parktown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa
Redhill School, Morningside Sandton Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa