Power or Powerlessness – A World Out of Joint


Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) and Steptext dance project will delve into the nuances of power in a bi – continental (Africa and Europe) dance collaboration, Out of Joint, opening at the Fringe at Joburg Theatre on Thursday 17 August 2017.

Multi-award winning and internationally celebrated choreographer Gregory Maqoma created this work together with industry colleague, German-Austrian choreographer, Helge Lentonja.

Maqoma comments, “It is exciting to be bringing Out of Joint to a South African audience at a time when we are experiencing such political turmoil and insecurities. The work was created as a response to the experiences of human indignity all over the world”

The process of developing the production was truly one of exchange and collaboration in 3 phases, Lentonja spending a few weeks with the VDT dancers in Johannesburg and with Maqoma also doing the same in Bremen, both choreographers interpreting the issues around power in their artistic view. The last phase was when all 6 dancers and the creative team came together in Bremen to form an integrated cross-cultural melting pot of creativity which opened an experiential world to both the artists and the audience.

“Gregory and I met when he brought his work to our festival in Bremen and we were excited to share our artistic visions. Through this eagerness to further work together OUT OF JOINT was born and we both agreed to an extraordinary way of artistic collaboration. Choreographing together – one artistic team with two artistic languages. Each one of us creating in the country and with the dancers of the partner. Then responding to the artistic proposition of the other. Finally allowing a new third language to come into existence by mixing the two languages. This form of creation demands our skills courage and trust and we are very enthusiastic about it,” says Helge Lentonja.

The production will run from 17 August until 20 August at the Fringe at Joburg Theatre and travel to the Jomba Festival in Durban with performances on the 23rd and 24th  August.

“We are thankful to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) and Joburg Theatre for helping Vuyani Dance Theatre and steptext dance project realise this leg of the production in South Africa” says Siya Dokoda – VDT’s Producer and Marketing Manager.

Tickets are available by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets for R130. Group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on (011) 877 6853/6815.


About Vuyani Dance Theatre

The Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) is a contemporary African dance company founded in 1999 by Executive Director Gregory Maqoma. After years of gracing international and local stages, VDT is positioned as one of the most cutting-edge, thought provoking and successful dance and theatrical organizations to have emerged in Africa. VDT is spot-on regarding its artistic objective of producing work that questions and challenges social values while, simultaneously, exploiting history as a launch pad for (material) research and development.

The company has performed in Europe, the USA, Africa, Mexico and New Zealand. It has scooped top awards in South Africa for dance and choreography and has received international recognition and continues to do so.

About Steptext dance project

Steptext dance project is a production and presentation platform for contemporary dance seated in the Schwankhalle, a cross-genre venue in Bremen. A continuum of changes and synergies. The artistic adventure of productions is always at the fore. Steptext’s choreographers collaborate with alternating dancers and artists of other disciplines. The team on location operates as an open system in varied interactions. With an awareness of the local dance scene and a worldwide radius.

For more than 15 years, the network of lively connections to cooperating partners has been expanding. And with it, the diversity of contexts for creative processes, presentations and aesthetic discourses. Each year, several premieres are produced that are often presented internationally. Inspired by the exchange between actors, arts and cultures, Steptext’s dance pieces gauge the spaces between everyday life and visions.


For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Siyandiswa Dokoda
011 838 7666 or 0712616625

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