Dance Umbrella 2015: What not to miss

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

Robyn Sassen
Robyn Sassen
A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and artslink.co.za and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years. This blog promises you new stories every week, be they reviews, profiles, news stories or features.
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