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Three films will add to the offerings on the Dance Umbrella programme this year. The documentaries will delve into contemporary African dance, and German choreographer Pina Bausch.
FILM makes an unusual appearance at this year’s Dance Umbrella, in the form of documentary exploring contemporary African dance and German choreography.


A dance documentary by Qudus Onikeku will be shown during Dance Umbrella 2011A film by Qudus Onikeku documents contemporay dance in AfricaDo We Need Coca-Cola to Dance, a documentary by Nigerian Qudus Onikeku, will be shown at the Dance Factory in Newtown on 26 February at 3pm. Onikeku compiled and researched the film while travelling through Africa documenting the state of contemporary dance on the continent. It also contains various interviews and performances.

Legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch is the subject of two films, Auf Der Suche Nach Tanz and Cafe Muller Fruhlingsopfer, to be screened on 1 and 3 March at the Nunnery, at Wits University East Campus. At both screenings there will be a talk by Norbet Servos. He will be in the country in partnership with the Goethe-Institut of South Africa.

Servos was born in 1956 near Cologne, Germany. He was a co-founder of the magazine Ballet International, and was a member of the editorial board for seven years.

“Within this time, the magazine developed into the leading dance magazine in Europe,” Servos says. “Since 1983, I worked as a freelance choreographer and writer and published 15 books on Pina Bausch and the development of German Dance Theatre, as well as poetry.”

He has choreographed 20 dances in Germany and abroad, which have been invited to international dance festivals. He is also a guest teacher and lecturer in contemporary dance and choreography.

In 1993, Servos founded DanceLab Berlin at the Academy of Arts, for which he created numerous pieces, among others the prize-winning dance film, Elements of Mine (2004), with dancers Jorge Morro and Nicola Mascia. He also created the dance theatre piece, Drink, Smoke – Made in Havana (2004), a co-production with DanzAbierta Cuba.

At the end of 2005, he published Schritte verfolgen – Die Tänzerin und Choreographin Susanne Linke and in 2008 Solange man unterwegs ist – Die Tänzerin und Choreographin Reinhild Hoffmann and Pina Bausch – Dance Theatre.

In 2009, he directed the international dance festival Tanzwelten in Braunschweig, Germany where he also premiered his new dance theatre production Valbarena. At present, he is writing a book on choreographer Arila Siegert for the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

With a total of 16 programmes, Dance Umbrella 2011 once again promises to reflect the wide diversity of South Africa’s contemporary dance scene. Choreographers taking part include Lliane Loots from Durban; PJ Sabbagha, Mark Hawkins and Sifiso Kweyama from Joburg; and the Remix Dance Company and Mamela Nyamza from Cape Town, among others.

Bookings for Dance Umbrella 2011 can be made at Computicket.

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