Jazzart’s ‘Waiting For Rain’ celebrates life and rebirth

Jazzart’s ‘Waiting For Rain’ celebrates life and rebirth

Jazzart Dance Theatre will present their latest production ‘Waiting For Rain’ at the Artscape Theatre from September 6 to 15.
With Jazzart celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, ‘Waiting For Rain’ is inspired by the symbolism of rain as something that signals rebirth, new life and a release of artistic energy. Featuring the professional company and the second year trainees, the dancers will perform to a combination of live and recorded music composed by Tandile Mandela and Mthwakazi.

“‘Waiting for Rain’ is an arresting combination of the ancient with the current,” says Jazzart Dance Theatre artistic director Jacqueline Manyaapelo. “It is a fusion of ritualistic calls to ancestors and spirit forms using indigenous instruments, with exciting contemporary dance presented in Jazzart’s signature style. The title refers to not just waiting, but to get up and do, as we create rain in the context of our society.”
Mandela is internationally acclaimed for her knowledge of traditional music and her ability to master a wide range of instruments. She combines principles of traditional African music with contemporary elements of music making.

Mthwakazi is a celebrated South African artist who is known for her ethereal, earthy vocals. She has performed alongside names such as Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo, Neo Muyanga, Thandiswa Mazwai and Madosini. Her music is a synthesis of various forms including classical opera, Caribbean style, funk, soul, and jazz music.

Most recently the company’s production ‘Biko’s Quest’ was created and presented in collaboration with The Steve Biko Centre. It received great acclaim at the 2013 National Arts.

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