Dance Umbrella 2015: What not to miss

Mamela Nyamza in 'Wena Mamela' showing at Dance Umbrella. (Photo by Zanele Muholi).

Mamela Nyamza in 'Wena Mamela' showing at Dance Umbrella. (Photo by Zanele Muholi).

Dance Umbrella is an 18-day showcase allowing patrons of the arts to experience and enjoy dance on all levels. After being rescued from the brink of closure by the National Lottery last year, South Africa’s longest-running contemporary dance festival celebrates its 27th year of existence this year with a line-up that includes Argentinean choreographer Constanza Macras, Nelisiwe Xaba, Standard Bank Young Artist Award-winner Mamela Nyamza and a new street dance programme.

1. Nelisiwe Xaba makes her moves on the politics of exoticism

2. Dance Umbrella: Festival streets ahead with new dances

3. Clash of cultures sets stage on fire

4. Choreographer turns ballet on its head

stefanie jason

stefanie jason

Following studying towards her Film & Media degree at the University of Cape Town and North Carolina State University, Stefanie Jason began work as a copy editor and writer for various South African publications, including Bona, True Love and Sowetan, as well as the Mail & Guardian. For the M&G's arts & culture supplement Friday, she writes about art, music & lifestyle when she isn't relaxing, traveling or checking out Jo'burg's many art galleries.
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