Light Beyond the Door

Spier Open Air Theatre, Stellenbosch: 9-19 January 2003
Featuring Jazzart Dance Theatre and Full Circle Dance Studio as well as young dancers from the Eoan Group, Cafda (Cape Flats Development Association), Dance for All, Dance Joint and the Gauteng-based Ballet Theatre Afrikan.

Light Beyond the Door is a new Jazzart work by artistic director Alfred Hinkel and choreographer Ina Wichterich-Mogane, developed from a performance devised for an International Childrens' Vaccination Conference. The nature of this platform, and the perceived national child abuse crisis, prompted a piece demonstrating positive interactions between adults and young people. It was performed to live accompaniment by blk sunshine founder member Neo Muyanga on keyboard, guitar and voice with Priyesh Bhana on harmonium and Mansuri flute and Barry van Zyl on percussion.

The second piece on the programme, Christopher Kindo's Me and You, began as a self-performed solo entitled Me. Kindo's personal rendition of Me, infused as it was with the diversity of his own cultural and artistic influences, as well as technical brilliance, became his signature performance piece. Its vocabulary weaves together Kindo's contemporary and classical training with overtones of Indian movement. Elements of Indonesian dance, created for the Spier season by the Eoan Group's Abida Medell, and African sequences made by Hinkel, add to this multi-faceted work.

The final piece was Jazzart's initially untitled 1989 interpretation of Ravel's Bolero that has more recently been referred to by Hinkel as Last Dance. The piece created a political and artistic furore when it was first performed using Western classical music, a racially mixed cast, and the juxtaposition of contemporary, classical, African traditional, Indian and pantsula steps. The basis of the choreography was developed by the original performers and is danced barefoot and in gumboots.

Supported by National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund(NLDTF); Spier Arts Trust and National Arts Council.

Photography: Garth Stead