Dada Masilo’s ‘Carmen’ coming back to Joburg

Dada Masilo’s ‘Carmen’ coming back to Joburg

Over the past two years, Dada Masilo and dancers have carved themselves a solid niche across Europe.
Now, for the first time in ages, audiences have a limited opportunity to see them on home ground. Dada Masilo’s ‘Carmen’ will have three performances only (September 3, 4 and 5 at 6pm) at The Dance Factory in Newtown, before the cast leave for the European premiere at the Lyon Biennale in France.
After receiving the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, Masilo delivered her fresh, new versions of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (2008), ‘Carmen’ (2009) and ‘Swan Lake’ (2010). All three works premiered at the National Arts Festival, where they were greeted with critical acclaim, standing ovations and full houses.
In 2011, she presented a new solo work, ‘The Bitter End of Rosemary’ at the Anticodes Festival in Brest. This brought her to the attention of European producers, who invited her to begin touring her group works. So far, it is her ‘Swan Lake’ that has been blazing a trail across France (including six weeks in Paris), Italy (including Rome), Switzerland (nine cities), Austria (Innsbruck and most recently fove sold out performances at ImpulzTanz in Vienna), Germany (Dusseldorf and Hamburg), Kuopio (Finland), Stockholm, Athens and London (at Sadler’s Wells this June).
In South Africa, Masilo has made a name for herself both as a dancer and as a choreographer. Trained in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Brussels, Masilo is a Contemporary dancer, who has a deep love for the classics – from Shakespeare to Tchaikovsky, from Ballet to Flamenco. As a dancer, she has impressed with her “signature speed” – the ability to move like greased lightning; and also to imbue her roles with a precocious theatricality. As choreographer she has tackled the “big” stories, boldly fusing dance techniques and mixing the original scores with twentieth century composers and performers.

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For more information, call 011 833 1347, or 082 493 6968; or send an email to dancefactory@icon.co.za.