Update on ACE dance and music’s South Africa trip

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ACE dance and music were lucky enough to visit Johannesburg and Durban in March but we’ve been so busy since our return that we haven’t had chance to update you on how it all went and our exciting plans for 2014!
We spent time with Vuyani Dance Theatre in Newtown in Jo’burg, teaching company class and getting a sneak preview into their new show ‘Dominion’. Choreographed by Artistic Assistant Director Luyanda Sidiya, it is a dark representation of power, and will premiere in South Africa in May.
ACE and VDT can now announce that we hope to team up to create a new production ‘7 Pillars’ in 2014, which will commemorate the 20 years anniversary of South African democracy. The artistic team will be led by our Director Gail Parmel and Luyanda Sidiya, with music direction from Ian Parmel and an international company of dancers from both ACE and VDT. We envisage that the production will tour the UK and South Africa in Summer/Autumn 2014. Above you can see some of the ACE team with Vuyani company members at the end of class during our March trip – the start of our creative work together.
After 4 days in Jo’burg we hot-footed it over to Durban, where we spent some wonderful days with the guys from Flatfoot. We were lucky enough to be there for their 10th birthday celebrations and got to see their piece ‘Last Thoughts’ at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. We are planning an international exchange programme for ACE Youth and other young dancers with Flatfoot’s own youth dance company, again for 2014 and therefore during our visit there led classes and visited workshops in their townships dance programme. What a treat we had! ACE would like to thank all the wonderful people we met for hosting us so graciously – we can’t wait to come back and are now working hard to get these projects off the ground.