BRIDGES & ARCHES
Dance Spectrum 2019
The evocatively titled Bridges & Arches is the 2019 edition of the NSA 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 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…”
Bridges & Arches
Dance Spectrum 2019
Kitty Phetla – The Edge
Faakhir Bestman, Kailyn Brink, Tyla Cullerton, Leela Devar, Hannah Dludla, Buhle Kekana, Jeniffer Mapoma, Zoe Peters, Chavonne Pienaar, Taylor Pieterson, Kiana Prinsloo, Hermione Reddy
Nadine Buys – The Walk Up
Faakhir Bestman, Aimee Botes, Unathi Booi, Tyla Cullerton, Faiz Dalman, Hannah Dludla, Inqobile Mdloti, Katlego Moeketsi, Asante Ndlovu, Keabetswe Ngamlana, Taylor Pieterson, Gabriel Poulsen, Kiana Prinsloo, Sinead Rebelo, Matlhatse Sekele, Mmabatho Setsiba, Moleboheng Sibiya, Louise Simpson, Phagan Thomas, Faith Van Greunen.
Rosana Maya – ONE
Unathi Booi, Aimee Botes, Kailyn Brink, Tyla Cullerton, Leela Devar, Nomsa Dlamini, Ashley Magutshwa, Jeniffer Mapoma, Katlego Moeketsi, Keabetswe Ngamlana, Zoe Peters, Chavonne Pienaar, Hanna Pitum, Hermione Reddy, Daniela Seach, Matlhatse Sekele, Mmabatho Setsiba, Louise Simpson.
Shanell Winlock-Pailman – LEAP
Faakhir Bestman, Kailyn Brink, Tisetso Bernards, Leela Devar, Nomsa Dlamini, Hannah Dludla, Ashley Magutshwa, Jennifer Mapoma, Zoe Peters, Chavonne Pienaar, Taylor Pieterson, Matlhatse Sekele, Phagan Thomas.
Lighting Designer – Stan Knight
Stage Manager – Leigh-Anne Nanguia
Poster Design – Katlego Diseko
Poster Photography – Keanu Sousa Mendes
The National School of the Arts Dance Department
HOD – Haydee Baker
Golding Jayme Leigh
Masuku Maphale Ursula
Sedibe Thato Sharon
When time has stopped or when time feels as if it is moving slowly abd fast, no one can see or feel your existance! When life is too short and you feel as is if you have been left behind due to life’s pressures thus time pushing you over the edge but you are not sure weather you should jump over or not, or allow time to guide you to a better you…if not…only two questions remain,
Is the edge the only answer?
How did I get there?
Kitty Phetla is a dancer, model and radio personality. She hosts the weekend show, Overnight with Kitty from 12-3am Saturdays and Sundays on Radio 2000.
Born and bred in the historic township of Alexandra, Kitty, who started classical dance training from an early age, matriculated at The National School of the Arts in 2001. Her dance training began in primary school with Martin Schönberg. As a student, she was part of dance productions such as “Giselle”, “Voila!” and “Sollopa”. As one of the founding members of Schönberg’s Ballet Theatre Afrikan (1998 – 2002), she received many awards and took part in international ballet competitions such as the Prix de Lausanne, the Cecchetti Ballet Competition in Australia and the Helsinki Ballet Competition. She obtained her Cecchetti International Teachers Qualification in 2002.
Her extensive travelling has seen her grace the stages in Amsterdam, Switzerland, Australia, Dubai, Germany, England, Zimbabwe and more recently Russia. Her choreographic credits include “Jolie” for an international dance competition, “Within” for the 2008 Arts Alive and “Carmina Burana” for South African Mzansi Ballet.
Kitty has graced the pages of many magazines because of her modeling work. These include spreads in Elle Magazine, True Love, Drum Wedding Magazine and Destiny Magazine. Her advertorial work includes the rebranding of Surf Washing Powder, Woolworths, Edgars Fitness, and the Virgin Money Show as well as being one of the “water babes” for BONAQUA.
More notably, Kitty was featured in an advert for First National Bank, SABC TV License and she was one of the judges for the local dance reality show, Turn It Out. She also did a series of adverts for the rebranding of LUX Beauty Soap in Asia.
Another feather on Kitty’s hat is that of a radio presenter. She has been with Alex.FM for the last four years, presenting the late night lounge music show on Sunday where she not only compiled the music herself but also acted as content producer.
Kitty is an artistic individual with a penchant for the finer things in life ranging from her choices in fine dining, elegant clothing and sophisticated music choices. With an engaging personality, she embodies a regal individuality that exudes on live stage, television, radio and print-media.
… that split second before you attempt to leap, jump or move into any decision you make,be it life changing or not. Leap is explored in this work though the idea of leaping off a bridge, bungee jumping, free fall or any attempt to fall from a place higher than your natural surroundings. Your adrenaline or euphoric rush dictates your jump, no jump, hesitation, fear and ultimately your decision to follow through… Or not…
Shanell Winlock Pailman was born in Eldorado park, a township South of Johannesburg.
After completing her matric she joined Moving into dance(mophatong’s)one year edudance diploma course. She then joined the full time dance company at moving into dance under the direction of Sylvia Glasser where her professional dance career started. Two years later she won a scholarship to Brussels to attend the the school of Performing Arts Research and Training Studios ( P.A.R.T.S.) under the direction of Anne Terresa Dekeersmaker. A year later she returned to Johannesburg and was a founding member of the Vuyani Dance theatre.She also worked with various South African choreographers including Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, Pj Sabagah, Sello Peso, Moeketsi Koena, Tracey Human to mention a few. She won awards for most promising and most outstanding female artists for the FNB vita dance umbrella awards. In 2000 she was invited to work with the UK based company the Akram Khan Dance company where she lived and work for 10 years. In this time she toured world wide extensively and became the rehearsal director of the company. The AKC works and collaborations included artist such as Kylie Minogue, Nitin Sawney, Cloud Gate dance company from Taiwan. London Symphonietta, Aniesh Kapoor,Anthony Gormley and Sidi Larbi Cherchaoi. She also gave intensive workshops world wide.In 2005 she studied at the Central London College of reflexology, she qualified as a reflexologist and a massage therapist. On her return to South Africa in 2011 she choreographed a duet for two members of the Vuyani Dance and Theatre project for their season, as well as a group work for the Forgotten theatre collaborative (fact). She created her first solo work in 2016 for the FNB dance umbrella festival.To date she assists Johannesburg based companies and freelance performers as a rehearsal director and serves as a guide to choreographers in the creation ams direction of their works. She is also the director and registered as boxing promotor for her company Victory sport productions.
Original music by: Nik Sakellarides
Agua, Puente y Banco.
“Replenish the earth my soul with rain
Washed clean into the spirit lake
Bridges crossed over and under arches
Forgotten differences when dance is ONE”
FlamenKhoi is the merging of Tswana, Khoisan and flamenco into a universal language. If words fail us, music, song and dance unites us. Water replenishes, cleansing the physical and the spiritual. In Agua, Puente y Banco, we celebrate our sameness in the universal language of dance.
Music: Esperanza Fernandez and Dorantes – Di Diana
Bushman of the Kalahari – Xan Do Do by Anna, Angelic and !Ngube Goute
Bulerias – solo compas – Maria del Mar Moreno
Solo Vocals – Kyle Kroats
Rosana Maya, is an international exponent of dance, particularly flamenco and Spanish Dance. She performs, choreographs and lectures in the performing arts of Spain (University of Malta) and has taught hundreds of aspirant dancers and teachers in 4 continents. Her life dedication to all dance, has amounted to continued intensive study, valuating the hybrid universal nature and language of flamenco, publishing The Flamenco Fanatic – a complete guide in 2014.
Maya is currently Profesora Asesora, syllabus coordinator and teaching consultant for NPO Alianza Flamenca (www.alianzaflamenca.com) and serves of the committee as international consultant and Outreach projects locally. She is co-creator and founder of FlamenKhoi (https://youtu.be/RqbxOoBa7e8), identifying flamenco with African dance trditions, namely Tswana and Khoisan. Maya teaches flamenco in a freelance capacity, giving workshops and private lessons internationally.
She has danced as a soloist in various dance companies locally and abroad. She founded Alegria Academia Flamenca in Malta in 1999 and directed her own dance company, Alegria Dance Company, until returning to South Africa in 2010. In Cape Town she worked with NPO Wilvan School of Dance as Artistic Director, did various collaborations with Dame Mavis Becker at the university school of dance. Currently she works with El Rincon Flamenco and has toured with Dada Masilo Dance Factory as flamenco coach.
Nadine Alexa Buys
The Walk Up
Life revolves around journeys; we deal with inescapable truths, circumstances we either run away from or deal with. Inevitably a pattern forms, contentment, the fall and the recovery. This work looks to explore this inevitable pattern and how after any ordeal, the journey is yours alone.
Nadine Buys is a contemporary dance theatre artist. Her dance training commenced from a young age with formal dance training. She continued her training at the National School of Arts where she began to focus on jazz and contemporary dance as well as choreography. Later, at the University of Cape Town, she completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Dance (2012), narrowing her focus to contemporary dance and choreography. In her fourth year she formed part of the UCT dance group who travelled to Amsterdam and received the Best International Performance award at the ITS Festival. Whilst at University, beside her participation in the annual school productions, her choreographic focus led her to create works showcased at the Baxter Dance Festival (2012) as well as create work for collaborative productions – in 2011 she collaborated with Dance School HOD Gerard Samual and contemporary performance artist, Mamela Nyamza for the queer dance project Dance Across the Floor.
She has worked and performed with South African dance companies’ iKapa Dance Theatre (2011-2012) and Darkroom Contemporary (2013). She has also collaborated with visial artist and photographer Gabrielle Goliath for her Tripwire installation which formed part of the Between the Lines exhibition at whatiftheworld gallery in Cape Town as well as for a stills shoot (both in 2013). In 2013 she also formed part of AngloGoldSA’s Celestial Origins exhibition and installation at the Design Indaba Cape Town.
She began touring with South African choreographer Dada Masilo in 2014 performing in her works Swan Lake, Carmen and Giselle and has performed largely in both western and eastern Europe, North America, both in the States and Canada as well as in Asia. She continues to tour with her to date.
Beside her work with Dada Masilo, Nadine continues to freelance in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Here she teaches dance, works in television and performs for big corporate productions. She has continued to stage works, for the Baxter Dance Festival (2013, 2016) and for Dance Umbrella (2018). Currently she is collaborating with performance artist Thami Majela whom she will perform alongside for Dance Umbrella and HIFA in 2019.
She intends to continue with theatre performance and production, creating her own works and collaborating with a range of artists. She hopes to pass her dance knowledge on by creating and teaching both contemporary and jazz techniques to young artists.
A vision for the season:
A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle.…It allows people or vehicles to cross from one side to another’ – Wikipedia
An arch can be seen as a gateway.
Bridges and arches can be very emotive structures — they are places of beauty, awe, reflection, fear, and adventure. Places of serenity, peace, calm, suspense and fascination. Structure, strength, communication, and unity.
All qualities that can be used to describe the emotions one feels before, during and after a performance and throughout the journey of life.
The NSA, strives to be like the bridge, and the arch — providing a strong support structure in order for our learners to easily, and safely, cross over to the other side; a gateway into life as a performing artist.
A bridge to close gaps and bring people closer together; to communicate with each other and make connections, through the universal language of dance.
We hope to continue expanding horizons and moulding confident, versatile, easily adaptable performers, by working with a multitude of genres, styles and choreographers, thereby providing a link to what is required in the professional industry and indeed throughout all walks of life.
A bridge cannot stay up without support and we thank you – management, our dedicated staff, learners, parents, theatres and audiences – for your continuous support and for helping to build bridges with us
BRIDGES & ARCHES
Fri 8th March 19h30
Double Bill – Bridges & Arches / Too Late
Sat 9th March 11h00 & 19h30
Sun 10th March 12h00
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