The magnificent Centre for the Book in Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, will provide a dramatic backdrop and intimate setting for an evening of sensational dance, physical theatre and some acrobatics at the 2nd Cape Town International Dance Festival on 2 December.
The venue will host a range of #CTIDF2016 events throughout Friday, including a workshop, public master class and film screenings.
The evening’s dance programme includes offerings by visiting Austrian company, SEAD (the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance’s BODHI Project) and iKapa Dance Theatre, plus the world premiere of a new work by Cape Town’s Yaotl Physical Art Company.
With Eyes in the Nape of My Neck – an excerpt of which was seen at the recent Baxter Dance Festival – is an absorbing duo combining elements of dance, physical theatre, experimental acrobatics, circus and unconventional movement in a multi-disciplinary stage production. The full-length piece is choreographed by Yaotl founder, Iesu Escalante, and performed by Iesu and dance partner, Leilah Kirsten, with live musical accompaniment by Benguela.
Yaotl’s emergence on the Cape Town dance and performance art scene has been a pleasant one to watch in recent years, their unique multi-disciplinary style bringing fresh creative content to local stages as well as training studios. #CTIDF2016 is proud to bring this premiere to Cape Town audiences.
SEAD’s BODHI Project will present SEADSketches, a “short creation around mechanisms of extreme co-dependence and interrelation between the dancers”, as choreographed by Israel-born choreographer, Emmanuel Gat. The work is experimenting with the laws of constructions and how they govern every moving and living system, from choreography to social organisation. The performance comes just weeks after the work’s premiere at the Tanzhaus Festival in Salzburg, Austria, in October.
Gat has worked as an independent choreographer since 1994 and is currently based in France at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres. He is regularly invited to set his work and create new choreographies for dance companies around the world including Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine and Cedar Lake among others.
Tickets to the evening performance are R150.
Tickets to other events range from R30 to R150.
Book here for all #CTIDF2016 events at Centre for the Book on 2 December, 2016.