LEGAGA – A PERSONAL JOURNEY TOLD THROUGH DANCE WITH TERESA PHUTI

Something different and exciting this weekend – for lovers of dance.

Maboneng’s POPArt Theatre continues to be one of the more trailblazing theatre houses in SA’s thespian world.  The productions being hosted there dust off that musty feeling  the word ‘theatre’ evokes in me and brings back an edginess to the performing arts.

Perhaps I like the place because it’s unafraid and unashamed to take on the more ‘alternative’ and unique productions that are coming from SA’s drama and dance world….either way, I’m excited for the works coming from their stable and the energy and attitude they are putting out.

 

Booked there for this weekend is the dance production Legaga – South African leading dancer Teresa Phuti’s personal exploration of memory, dreams and nightmares told through movement, song and text.  And as a dancer, she is without a doubt one of SA’s best.

Inspired by Phuti’s personal journey as performer and woman, the production takes the viewer through a journey from childhood to adulthood, a rite of passage and its complexities, difficulties, rejections and tragedies.

 

But what I’m really excited about is this fierce artist’s future.  Teresa started her acting and dancing career in 1999 with a community group called Township Mirror Theatre Group based in Tembisa.  She then studied drama at Paul Rapetsoa’s Institute of Dramatic Arts from 2005-2006 and in 2008 became a student at Inzalo Dance Theatre. In 2009 she was a trainee at Tribhangi Dance Theatre where she trained in different Indian dance styles and later in the same year performed in Thabo Rapoo’s Sehume Tlokweng for Dance Umbrella doing ‘Praise and Song’.

 

In 2010 she was featured in Luyanda Sidiya’s ‘Indlela’ for Dance Umbrella. In 2010-2014 she was a senior dance company member under the leadership of Gregory Maqoma, the founder and CEO of Vuyani Dance Company and was also a dance teacher for Outreach Children’s program and Vuyani Saturday Academy. Then in  2015 Teresa taught at the awesome Moving Into Dance Mophatong.  Teresa has literally worked with the best choreographers in the country – and she’s unstoppable.

 

Although the production was choreographed and performed by Teresa, it was a collaborative effort in terms of direction from award-winning dancer and choreographer Shanell Winlock Pailman.  Music was provided by Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, who we all know from the acapella group The Soil (one of my favourites) and Liso Somila Toyi.

 

Sadly, this production is literally only running for 4 days and opens TODAY (Thursday 1st March) until Sunday 4th March  – so make a plan to get it into your weekend diary.  You can get tickets from www.popartcentre.co.za

Go get some culture already!

– Caro

 

Images courtesy of Teresa Phuti & Oscar O’Ryan