Jazzart Dance Theatre is set to present the much anticipated trainees’ season production.
South Africa is entering the eve of the 40 years celebration since the 1976 Soweto uprising when youth paved the way with their political action that shocked the world and changed the scope of education with their action against the response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. 2015 marks the 6th intake of the Training Programme which is artistically crafted to celebrate this strength of the youth with the youth and for youth.
The production features all 17 trainees who joined the programme in July 2015. From the Western Cape are Ambia Andrews, Darion Adams, Gabriella Dirkse, Ilze Williams, Jeena Rodkin, Paxton Simons, Shane Rudolph, Tanzley Jooste, Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni from the Cape Town region and Luyanda Mdingi from Stellenbosch, Shane van Wyngaardt from Paarl, Keenun Wales from Worcester and Abdul-Aaghier Isaacs from Wellington. Lynette du Plessis is from George and Mandisi Ngcwayi, Sanga Mabula and Thandiwe Mqokeli are from the Eastern Cape.
TIME brings together a medley of well-known choreographers. “Jazzart is about exposing our trainees to a diversity of teachers, choreographers and dance styles so they can learn to move easily from popular to traditional dance and find African Contemporary movements in music, in art and everyday life”, says Sifiso Kweyama, Artistic Director for Jazzart Dance Theatre.
“It’s the right time for choreographers to collaborate so that we can work together to empower our youth in the arts. We want our trainees to understand where they come from and how they got their freedom, so that they do not take their freedom for granted”, concluded Sifiso.