Dance Spectrum 2019

The evocatively titled Bridges & Arches is the 2019 edition of the National School of the Art’s popular Dance Spectrum and features the work of four leading female choreographers: Kitty Phetla (the recipient of the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance), Shanell Winlock-Pailman, Nadine Buys and Rosana Maya.

Anatomically the foot has both a bridge and an arch. But beyond the all-important anatomy of the foot lies the symbolism of the bridge and the arch. Spanning genres and styles, Bridges & Arches sees the dancers seamlessly adapting to the stylistic demands of four different choreographers journeying from contemporary to neo-classical, from ballet to flamenco and Tswana and Khoisan,  bridging the space between the styles and offering an exciting spectrum of dance .  While the arch  is associated with efficiency and strength in building and architecture, on a symbolic level the arch represents a constant motion of moving forward and expanding, with new beginnings, new perspectives and new opportunities.

“All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that un-travelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move…”

Tennyson’s ULYSSES

Dance Spectrum “BRIDGES & ARCHES” acknowledges the support of the National Lotteries Commission, the RMB Fund, the National Arts Council, and Business Arts South Africa.

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