Waiting For Rain

Director: Jacqueline Manyaapelo
Choreographers: Mziyanda Mancam, Ina Wichterich-Mogane  & Jacqueline Manyaapelo
Musicians: Ntone Edjabe, Tandile Mandela and Mthwakazi 

  • Artscape Theatre, Cape Town: 16 – 18, 21 & 22 September 2011
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Waiting for Rain is premised on the idea of rain symbolising rebirth. “As Jazzart, we attempt to be ‘Rainmakers’.  We are excited by the way this new work has evolved and believe it signifies new life and a release of both artistic and emotional energy” says Jacqueline Manyaapelo, Jazzart’s Artistic Director.
 
The work was produced in 2011 to showcase the talents of the graduating class of Jazzart’s three- year Training Programme.  The trainees trained with Jazzart between 2009 and 2011.  The piece provided a platform where the graduates as newly professional dancers could join with Jazzart’s seasoned company members in a spectacular display of skill and innovation.
 
Waiting for Rain features Jazzart’s trademark fusion of contemporary dance genres performed with a mix of athleticism and technical prowess.  The choreography powerfully blended the flair of the individual dancers, whilst showing off their skill as an ensemble.

Clever use was made of ordinary materials commonly associated with water – a washing line, metal wash basins and steel baths – with both the music and dancers imitating the pitter-patter of raindrops, moving fluidly in, over and around the props, like rain itself.
 
Waiting for Rain was the third time Tandile Mandela performed a live musical score for the company. Mandela, who holds a Masters in African Music from UCT, has gained international renown for her knowledge of traditional music and her ability to master a wide range of instruments. Mthwakazi, known for her ethereal, yet earthy, vocals was also no stranger to Jazzart, having appeared in one of the company’s seminal works, Guardian of the Flame. She performed throughout South Africa, as well as in London and Paris. “The chance to perform to their live music is a privilege and also brings a different energy that helps connect the dancers to the audience,” said Manyaapelo.  

The production bears testimony to Jazzart’s training and performance capability.  The dancers’ stories are intended to transport the audience, leading them on a journey in a new direction.