(A moment of sudden insight or understanding)

Showcasing the dancers from the National School of the Arts, Dance Spectrum EPIPHANY takes to the stage of the Lesedi Theatre from the 19th – 21st of August.

The work includes neo-classical ballet, contemporary, Afro-Fusion and Spanish and sees the versatility of the NSA dancers well displayed.

The NSA strives to work with professional guest choreographers; this year is no exception. Timothy Le Roux, an NSA alum, has choreographed a work titled FRAGMENT ROOM. In a choreographic coup for the school, internationally acclaimed French based Vincent Mantsoe has created a LILING/// for the learners. A significant part of the rehearsal process has been via ZOOM. LILING/// is the name of the inside, the lining, of fabric. The work reflects the seamless confluence of waves and weaves, the crossing-over with multiple strokes to create a compound structure. Audiences will delight in the iconic style of Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe, which draws on African and Western dance forms with strong elements of Asian martial arts.

NSA educators Laura Cameron, Heather Dreyer and Gillian Bonegio also have their work featured in EPIPHANY. Laura Cameron’s contemporary dance piece is titled STRANGE HUMOURS, Heather Dreyer’s BREAKING THROUGH is a neo-classical work, and Gillian Bonegio showcases the matric dancers in Alegrias and the other grades in a Farruca.

EPIPHANY also features the top choreographies from the first quarter’s DANCE CELEBRATION as judged by Lesego van Niekerk and Khaya Ndlovu. Top Grade 11 choreographer Jayme Leigh Golding presents ESPIONAGE, and Letlotlo Hailey Baloyi in Grade 12 presents THE 3RD PHASE, which looks at the creative process and finding beauty in what society considers ugly.