Dancing in the Park
Families are in for a special treat when the energy, exuberance and sheer talent of the Indoni dancers is showcased and highlighted in the unique setting of the Green Point Urban Park.
The Journey” is a contemporary dance and music work, choreographed by the Company Members and directed by their Artistic Director, Sbonakaliso Ndaba.
The performance will begin with separate groups dancing against various backdrops in the beautifully curated indigenous gardens and the Amphitheater stage. It will culminate in a final joyous celebration, when the destination is reached, on the Little Common.
Having gone through a rigorous three year training period, the Company Members have been given the challenge of passing on their teaching and leadership skills through outreach training programs to groups of youngsters in the townships of Khayelitsha and New Crossroads,. These young dancers will join their role models, together with the many performers of the Indoni Dance Academy, in celebrating the beauty of Cape Town on a Sunday afternoon in the park.
Celebrating the occasion with them will be their guests, dancers from Jazzart Dance Theatre and their young dancers from their outreach program.
The performance of “The Journey” and the Jazzart Dance Theatre performance, are both funded by grants from the City of Cape Town, enabling them to take arts to the people
Performance and creative arts are powerful tools for healing and transformation. The vision of the Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy is to provide a space of excellence in dance and integrated arts, for talented school graduates who are without the financial means to go into higher learning.
Now celebrating four successful years, this three year post-school professional training programme for dance and integrated arts, including music, drama, and visual art, aims to liberate the talent and creativity of our youth.
With the mission statement of “Investing in our Youth”, the Academy seeks to promote the arts as a channel for economic, personal and professional development rekindling hope, and providing dignity and life skills to young people. Each student is empowered to become a creative collaborator in their own productive future.
In 2017 the Indoni Dance, Arts & Leadership Academy was the recipient of an Impumelelo Gold Award for their contribution to the country.
Sbonakaliso Ndaba, the Artistic Director of the Academy, is recognized as one of the leading contemporary African choreographers and teachers. She was the winner of the Western Cape Cultural Affairs Award in 2016 for ‘Best Contribution to Performing Arts: Dance’ and in 2017 for ‘Outstanding Achievement of Youth in Arts and Culture’.
The founding members of Indoni, Sbonakaliso Ndaba (Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer), Balu Nivison (Development Director and Lecturer in Life Skills), Jennifer van Papendorp (Managing Director) and Dr Mamphela Ramphele, (Patron and Lecturer in South African Heritage) collectively bring their particular expertise to directing and managing the academy.
The Academy is presently receiving funding from the National Lottery Commission, the National Arts Council and individuals who form part of the Benefactor- Mentor- Investor (BMI) Initiative. For further company details: www.indoni-academy.org
Venue: Green Point Park
Dates and Times: April 22 @16h00
If the performance is cancelled, due to bad weather, the alternative date is April 29.
- 60 minutes
- Entry is Free
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