Cross Cultural Contemporary Dance - 30 March 2012
Acclaimed Australian choreographer collaborates with South African dancers
Young and emerging South African dancers in Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria collaborated with acclaimed Australian dancer and choreographer Liz Lea.
Liz Lea spent five weeks in Durban to choreograph a new cross-cultural dance workshop and teach a two-week dance residency. She also conducted a number of community outreach workshops in collaboration with local organisations such as Siyakhula, Durban Children’s Home, Ubuhle Bezintu, Musa Hlatshwayo’s Movement Laboratory, Jarryd Watson’s Dance Movement and the Minette de Klerk Dance Academy. Ms Lea also conducted workshops in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, HE Ann Harrap, said in Pretoria that the Australian High Commission was extremely proud to be able to support Liz Lea’s visit to South Africa, together with the National Arts Council of South Africa and KZN DanceLink. “We are particularly pleased that Liz’s dynamic dance styles are being showcased to a South African audience and that through her workshops, residencies and outreach activities, Liz is contributing meaningfully to the professional development
of young South African dancers,” Ms Harrap said.
Ms Lea’s trip to Durban culminated in a dance production at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from March 28 to April 1, where her work shared the stage with the award-winning African contemporary dance troop, Flatfoot Dance Company, led by Lliane Loots. The show is called ‘South-South’ in celebration of the meeting of two formidable women choreographers from the southern hemisphere.
Ms Lea’s work, entitled ‘A Free Mind’, gathers its inspiration from the life and writings of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada.
Ms Lea has developed an international reputation for her b2zxwKe8style, which includes a fusion of classical Indian dance and martial arts. She is currently the Artistic Director of Liz Lea and Co, the Director of Canberra Dance Theatre and Associate Director to QL2 Centre for Youth Dance.