The Stable Theatre in association with the Flatfoot Dance Company will presents ‘utalagu/horizon’ at the Stable Theatre in Durban from December 6 to 9.
The show has choreography by Sifiso ‘Kitsona’ Khumalo and features drummers Mandla Matsha and Njabulo Shabalala.
Having had an internal and external facelift, The Stable Theatre in Alice Street is fast becoming one of Durban’s premier performance venues. With its long and beautiful history as a theatre that made space for marginal voices during the apartheid years, it now continues to host innovative and ground-breaking performance and theatre.
Flatfoot Dance Company is delighted to have been invited by The Stable Theatre to offer a season of its award-winning brand of African contemporary dance theatre. “We hope this is the start of a beautiful long term relationship with The Stable Theatre,” says Lliane Loots, Artistic Director of Flatfoot. “It is a safe and secure space with ample parking, car guards and I think its intimate size is perfect for some of the work we do.”
‘utalago/horizon’ premiered in a one-off performance at Durban’s artSPACE earlier in November and the audiences were blown away by the sheer force and innovation of the work.
Hailed as a theatre piece that begins to truly re-define the aesthetics of African Contemporary dance and made for the five award-winning resident dancers of Flatfoot (Sifiso Majola, Tshediso Kabulu, Julia Wilson, Lerato Lipere and Khumalo himself), ‘utalago/horizon’ also features the accompaniment of master drummers and musicians Matsha and Shabalala. Subtle drum rhythms find confluence with the power and strength of Durban’s top dance company.
“It is like we all start the piece as a group of travellers setting out on a journey together,” says Choreographer Khumalo. “The whole dance work is about how we go on these amazing inner spiritual journeys, sometimes together and sometimes alone, but – much like our lives – we all end up right where we started again. Of course we are changed but almost like we have the grace to begin again and again. I hope the audience goes on this journey with us as dancers and musicians.”
* Performances are at 7pm on December 6, 7 and 8 and at 3pm on December 9.
Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for scholars, students and pensioners and are available at the door from one hour before performance starts, or through prior booking on 082 875 6065.