Danse, l’Afrique danse 2012


Central Johannesburg

28 Septembre 2012 – 7 Octobre 2012

The biennial Danse l’Afrique Danse ! (Dance Africa Dance!) has done much to put African contemporary dance on the map and persuade major concert halls around the world to include this art form in their programmes. Initially produced by the AFAA and CulturesFrance (now the Institut Français), the biennial first took place in Luanda and Antananarivo.

Later it became a travelling biennial, with the 8th festival taking place in Paris, Tunis and Bamako in 2010.

Contemporary dance is certainly more developed in South Africa than elsewhere on the continent and several South African choreographers and dancers have received prizes at the biennial. They include Robyn Orlin, Vincent Mantsoe, Boyzie Cekwana, Sello Pesa and Moeketsi Koena.

In 2012, the organisers of the biennial intend that Danse l’Afrique Danse ! will be purely a dance festival and the competitive element will be put on hold. This will create an opportunity to review the future of the biennial and contemporary dance in Africa.

The 9th Danse l’Afrique Danse !, like its predecessors, will showcase the best of African contemporary dance.

Furthermore, it is intended that the biennial will be staged partly at the new Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, making African contemporary dance accessible to a wider range of audiences.

Danse l’Afrique Danse ! is organised:

– In discussion with the City of Johannesburg and the Soweto Theatre.

– With the support of the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) and the French Cultural Network in Africa.

– With the support of Total, major sponsor of the Season.

– With the support of Puma.