The multiple award-winning choreographer Alfred Hinkel’s first work in Cape Town in four years, ‘Dansmettieduiwels’ comes to the Baxter Theatre Centre for four performances only from March 29 to 31, at 8pm. This season follows its world premiere at the Dance Umbrella recently, where it was received with critical acclaim and hailed as a resounding success.
Presented by Hinkel and John Linden, this latest collaboration introduces a new ensemble under the working title Garage, featuring stalwarts Grant van Ster, Christopher Samuels and Illse Samuels together with Byron Klaasen and Farroll Coetzee. Costumes and projection design are by fashion designer Marsten Carsten and lighting design is by Bennie Arendse.
“Although we have not yet created a formal body our work space and our ensemble will use the name Garage – a place to fix your engine,” explains Linden. “The group is set to become the newest dance-making and training entity in the Northern Cape and the proceeds from this season will be used to establish the new creative space that is being built in O’okiep.”
With ‘Dansmettieduiwels’, commissioned by the Dance Umbrella, Hinkel tackles the subject of sexual abuse amongst the priesthood in the Catholic Church head on, in a work which he describes as an “ancient biblical myth with a Greek tragedy feel to it”.
The title of the production came about when Hinkel was working late one night while doing research on the Catholic Church and at the same time listening to a Tina Schouw CD. “I was reading about women in the church and then one of Tina’s lyrics stuck in my head –“dance with your demons” – hence the title “Dansmettieduiwels.” He has chosen the sacred music of Johann Sebastian Bach, much of it from his Mass in B minor, to add to the texture of the piece.
The story is based on Emmanuel Bugen, who was born in Matjieskloof, a Roman Catholic mission station, a few kilometres from Springbok in the Northern Cape. As a young adult he believed he had a calling to serve his creator and so joined the monastery in his home town, in the hopes of eventually being ordained as a priest.
A while into his training Emmanuel requested that he be given permission to work with children. This request was refused as the abbot believed he displayed an inappropriate interest in the children.
Using Emmanuel’s story as a springboard, the church’s doctrines and belief systems regarding sex, sexuality and its relationship with women and children are interrogated. Parental Guidance is advised.
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