Baxter Theatre Dance Festival presents exciting opportunity for dancers

Baxter Theatre Dance Festival presents exciting opportunity for dancers

The annual Baxter Dance Festival will take place from 5 to 14 October 2017 and applications are now open to be part of this year’s programme. In addition, professional, contemporary dance trained dancers are invited to audition to be part of this year’s commissioned work.

Each year the Baxter invites dance makers to apply for the commissioned work. This year the Baxter is shaking things up by inviting individual dancers to audition to be part of the commissioned work with acclaimed choreographer, dancer and teacher Themba Mbuli.

Mbuli is the 2016 Standard Bank Young Award recipient and has been performing for 17 years, graduating with a certificate in performing arts in 2017. Mbuli is an associate artistic manager and a co-founder – together with Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke – of Broken Borders Arts Project. He is also a co-founder and the choreographer and artistic director of the Unmute Dance Company (UNMUTE), which was formed in 2014 to help pioneer integrated dance in South Africa, using the arts to inspire the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

Nicolette Moses, Artistic Director of the Baxter Dance Festival said, “I approached Themba because of his talent and commitment. I have been following Themba’s work for the past 8 years and have worked closely with him on the Swedish collaboration Adagio for a Hacked Life. This new direction of approaching a choreographer for the commissioned work presents the perfect opportunity to see Themba’s work outside of his comfort zone, presenting him with a new challenge and an exciting direction for the Baxter.”

This is therefore the perfect opportunity for four dancers to work with one of South Africa’s most promising choreographers. Professional, contemporary dance trained dancers are encouraged to audition on Wednesday 29 June 2017 from 10:30 in the Studio Rehearsal Room of the Baxter Theatre Centre. Dancers should be available between the 28 August and 14 October 2017 for a fixed term contract.

Should you wish to find out more or confirm your audition slot kindly contact Nicolette Moses on 021 680 3964 or email baxterdancefestival@uct.ac.za.