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DANCE PEOPLE in 7 Arts HIFA 1999
Having performed as "Women in Dance" for a year the company returned to it's former name for HIFA 1999
Trophy awarded to DANCE PEOPLE by Munn Publishing for the "best production by a local group in HIFA 1999"
Okavango II - The Birds Revisited (35mins)
Choreography - Vivienne Hamblin
- was premiered in 1982 with students from Goldsmith's College. Later revised
for GLAA Dance Festival, Tangram Dance Co., Zurich, and the National Ballet
of Zimbabwe's Mid Summers production in Harare Gardens Park 1983. It was
about 'looking' at large birds landing and taking off on the river at Maun,
set to a Tabla 10 beat cycle. Okavango II adds change, rumour has it that
17 years later, the river no longer reaches Maun. Sometimes change is sudden
other times barely perceptible.
The dance is made in episodes, a series of events:
1) Okavango I
2) Secretary Birds
5) Slow, Medium and Jongwe
7) Down to the land
8) The light pools
9) Lament - Anna Morris
MUSIC: Explores the texture of Classical Indian Tabla & Jembe, some of the 52 fragments in 'Minimalist' composer Terry Rielly's "In C" (1964) & passes through Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" (perhaps now by 4X4 at Maun?).
Choreography - Wilson Phiri
Choreography - Patricia Whittock, adapted
by Vivienne Hamblin.
"I wish to dedicate this programme to my sister Maggie and to the life of her
partner Dr David Webster, Wits Lecturer in Anthropology and Anti Apartheid
Activist. He was committed to helping others voice their concerns - Human
Rights Activists, Detainees Parents Support Committee, and Political Prisoners
Hunger Strikers and artist performers. Shot by CCB outside Maggie's house
in Jo'burg, 1st May '89, the day after we arrived to live in Zimbabwe, 10
years ago today". Viv.
The Deserter (premier performance)
Choreography - Vivienne Hamblin.
The Water Spirit, Njusu
Choreography by Anna Morris
|" A Shona belief that when possessed of a "Water Spirit' (Njuzu) one must not stray close to water lest the njuzu pull you under. if your family cries, the njuzu will drown you, but if they celebrate, you will next day leave the water with all you require to become a great nhanga".|
Music Vocals: Angela Mashure-De Bie
& Chris Hamblin
DANCE PEOPLE HIFA 1999
Artistic Director: Viv Hamblin
Anna Morris, Wilson Phiri*,
Light Designer for Dance People: Dr Peter
Band HIFA 1999
Sound Engineering for 7 Arts Jono Craig.
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