NMMU's first student dance production goes to Grahamstown National Arts Festival

JUNE 15, 2016

NMMU’s Department of Arts & Culture, supported by the Port Elizabeth Opera House, will be staging its first student production “Umjuxuzo Alive”.

This dance production has been directed and choreographed by Nicki-Ann Rayepen and scripted by Aarti Narotam, both staff in the department, while set and lighting design will be handled by NMMU Senior Manager of Arts & Culture, Mr Michael Barry.

The show will feature NMMU students Kuda Majonga, Siyabonga Spelman, Andile Nabo, Shareez Klaasen, Kelly Murphy, Kelly Adams, Rochelle Velkers, Courtney Mattheus.

Embracing the theme of “moving-forward”, this production depicts students embarking on their graduation, but the celebrations and joy are not without fear for what the future holds.

This dance-drama serves to explore some of the challenges students encounter while journeying towards their own inner truths. Whilst playing with stereotypes, this work delves into how fears overcome us and, at those times, dance as a medium provides the exact outlet needed. Explorative, contradictory and stark, join us as we embark on an exploration of the diversity through which our youth are expected to flourish.

The show will be staged at this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival Rehearsal Room, Monument Building on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 11h00 and Monday 4 July 2016 at 19h00. The show will then be staged at the Barn, PE Opera House as part of the dance season’s program.

This will run from 13 – 16 July 2016 with a show each evening at 19h00 and on Saturday 16th July, a matinee show at 14h00. The show is 50 minutes in duration and tickets are R50 through Computicket.