iHaw' Elisha

Choreographer: Sbonakaliso Ndaba

  Artscape Theatre, Cape Town: 3 - 12 September 2010
This September, Artscape Theatre played host to the premiere of iHaw' Elisha, choreographed by Sbonakaliso Ndaba for Jazzart Dance Theatre. This "theatrical tribal potion" was first seen by Johannesburg audiences at the 2010 FNB Dance Umbrella as Ndaba's commissioned work-in-progress, '1st Draught'.

iHaw' Elisha traces the chess game that is life, playing it back as snatches: our ways of seeing and doing, our gestures, our natures, our vices, our virtues. As we peel off our outside layers, we are left bare in the real world: tender, exposed and beautiful.

An exploration of the complexities of humanity, this work was praised as 'powerful', 'striking' and 'hypnotic'. Ndaba and the Jazzart dancers wove magic for Cape Town audiences once more as they recreated their ritual with "... images and sounds - of bodies engaged in such focussed intensity, moments of incredible calm and stillness and moments of grinding speed, it doesn't seem possible a human can move that fast." - Tammy Ballantyne: Artspoken

National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, ARTSCAPE, Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Distell, GrandWest Cape Culture & Heritage Foundation, National Arts Council, Rand Merchant Bank, British Council, Chiappini Charitable Trust, City of Cape Town.