Flatfoot dances to mystical tune

The Flatfoot Dance Company in full flight.
The Flatfoot Dance Company in full flight.

THE Flatfoot Dance Company presents Sadhana at the Drama Theatre, Playhouse from March 23 to 26. Choreographed by Lliane Loots, Sadhana 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.She joins forces with the six Flatfoot Dance Company dancers, Sifiso Khumalo, Tshediso Kabulu, Mthoko Mkhwanazi, Jabu Siphika,

Kim Mccusker-Bartlett and Zinhle Nzama, bring their own brand of contemporary African dance that is seeing the company being invited all over the world. For Sadhana, they are joined by Kathak aficionado and master, Manesh Mahara, known for his intrepid Kathak solo work.

“Manesh is probably one of South Africa’s finest dancers at the moment and both myself and Flatfoot have been graced to work collaboratively with him over the past three years. His ability to share his own Kathak style so generously with us and his ability to cross borders into contemporary dance, makes him the biggest jewel in the Sadhana crown Sometimes, in rehearsal, I get so mesmerised by his beauty as a dancer that I completely forget my role as choreographer,” said Loots.

Sadhana is a Sanskrit word that means (in loose translation) a journey towards enlightenment that honours intellectual, emotional and spiritual seeking. Tickets are R85, with students, scholars, pensioners at R65, and can be purchased through Computicket.

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