Jazzart Dance Theatre presents new triple bill

The production will be a professional debut for the newly formed company of eight dancers, including Lisakhanya Nongqongqo and Phiko Luke, pictured, who were selected from the 2022 graduates of the Jazzart Dance Theatre training programme. PICTURE: Robyn Walker

Jazzart Dance Theatre will present a triple bill production entitled Survive, at the Artscape theatre, from Thursday September 22 to Saturday September 24.

The production will showcase the creative talents of Jazzart’s newly appointed artistic director, Dane Hurst, alongside a debut work from Nathan Bartman and Ciara Baldwin who recently formed the company Manacan, as well as the award-winning team of Shaun Oelf and Grant Van Ster of the Figure of 8 Dance Collective.

Survive takes a creative look at, and interpretation of the nuances associated with survival and what that means, as we strive towards a progressive and sustainable future. The billing embraces three separate works – Wasteland, In Body as One and Survive – and explores the nature of humanity, positive and destructive relationships with each other, and the footprint and legacy we leave within the natural world.

Dane Hurst’s creation, Wasteland, looks at the insatiable appetite and fascination with clothing and fashion and society’s preoccupation with the acquisition of consumer goods.

Oelf and Van Ster’s work, In Body as One, is a highly polished choreographic work accompanied by an atmospheric and hypnotic film projection.

In Survive, Bartman and Baldwin of Manacan explore the mindset of what it takes to survive juxtaposed with the eternal question of what is peace.

Performances will take place at 8pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday September 24, at 3pm. Tickets cost R120 each; or R100 for block bookings of 10 or more; and R50 for school and dance groups with members under 18. Book through Computicket.