Jazzart focus in on contemporary issues with their latest movement opus

Jazzart focus in on contemporary issues with their latest movement opus

‘Injabulo’, Jazzart dance company’s latest explosion of movement, will be presented in the Artscape Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, September 15 to 17, with performances commencing at 8pm. A matinee performance is also scheduled for Saturday at 3pm. Tickets cost R80, R40 for students/pensioners and scholars enjoy a reduced rate of R30. Block bookings of 10 or more cost R60.

“The search for happiness is a timeless and universal human journey. We all long for that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good; when the space you are in is good and the people around you make you smile,” the producers’ notes read. “Of course, this feeling of being happy is impossible to understand and appreciate if you have never experienced sadness. The production takes the audience through the ups and downs of relationships and how “umuntu ngabantu ngumuntu” calls for us to be selfless at times, to take the time to make someone else happy…and share in their happiness.”

The segment ‘Ufundo’, choreographed by Mziyanda Mancam, will be performed by Jazzart’s professional dancers Tracey September and Adam Malebo. The production is an extension of the collaboration which took place a year ago with dancers Andile Vellem and Yaseen Manual from Unmute Dance Company. Andile Vellem, using sign language as his language of choreography, took the cast on a journey of translating this into dance, a technique referred to as “sign dance”. Mziyanda, through this journey portrays what he believes is not only Andile’s challenges as a deaf person, but everyone’s struggle to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood.

‘Reservations’, choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama, brings to the fore the insecurities in a relationship after a partner has deceived the other. Tracey September and Nkosinathi Sangweni portrays how as a society we have become so self-absorbed in our own opinions and daily woes that we have forgotten that relationships need attention and compromise in order to flourish. It deals with forgiveness and the process of being able to understand oneself and others to move beyond the past; to move beyond the pain.

The titular ‘Injabulo’ is a new choreographed work that deals with sharing in the happiness of others. It deals with a group of dancers (Vellum, Sangweni, September and Manual) that support each other. Each person is confident in their own abilities yet wary of their shortcomings. But when times are tough, they motivate each other for the better of dance, the better of society. It reflects our happy stories.

‘Infinite Reflections’, choreographed by Kweyama, is a work which left audiences in awe at Jazzart’s June Trainee season. It is a work about the experiences of our youth, their contrasting reflections of their emotional sufferings and their joys. It displays their pain, which varies for each individual because of their different upbringing and demographics.
The proceeds of the ticket sales for this production will be allocated to Jazzart’s Outreach Programme, specifically to their aspiring young dancers in Zwelethemba, Worcester.

Bookings can be made at Computicket.