Dancing towards enlightenment

Flatfoot Dance Company dancers in Sadhana at the Drama Theatre, Playhouse.

The Flatfoot Dance Company presents Sadhana at the Drama Theatre, Playhouse from March 23 to 26.

This newest offering is choreographed by Lliane Loots, who steps boldly into Eastern mystical philosophy and its confluence with African rhythms and dance, to create a dance theatre feast for the senses.

“It is a rare and very precious moment for me to make dance work that allows for a more inward and contemplative artistic journey,” said Loots, “and so I am relishing this creative process that allows me to collaborate with Durban’s finest dance and musical talent.

“The very make-up of the cast of dancers and musicians tells a story of multiple histories and identities and the chance to explore what being South African means to all of us in our own divergent artistic ways, is the very fabric of Sadhana.”

Loots joins forces with the six Flatfoot Dance Company dancers, Sifiso Khumalo, Tshediso Kabulu, Mthoko Mkhwanazi, Jabu Siphika, Kim Mccusker-Bartlett and Zinhle Nzama, who bring their own brand of contemporary African dance.

They are joined by Kathak aficionado and master, Manesh Mahara, known for his intrepid Kathak solo work.

Sadhana is a Sanskrit word that means (in loose translation) a journey towards enlightenment that honours both intellectual, emotional and spiritual seeking.

Stalwart South African musician Madala Kunene whose unique African guitar rhythms set up the sound score of the work, integral to the piece.

He is accompanied by djembe drummer Mandla Matsha and tabla player Revash Dookhi.

Tickets are R85, and R65 for students, scholars and pensioners and can be booked through Computicket.

Michelle Dennis

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