The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host performances by two leading international contemporary dance companies: EIRA from Portugal and T42 from Switzerland. These performances will take place from 11-14 September at Hiddingh Hall, and follow on the heels of performances at Jomba!Dance Festival (Durban) and Dance Umbrella (Johannesburg) by both companies.
The evenings of 11and 12 September will feature T42’s Misato Inoue and Félix Duméril in Another Chopsticks Story and Swan. Another Chopsticks Story takes Madame Butterfly as a point of departure, using the famous opera to examine ideas around orientalism and identity, and false binaries between East, West, male and female; while Swan explores the physical, aesthetic and kinesthetic representations of innocence, vulnerability and elegance, as inseparable from pain, fear and guilt. “We may say white is the absence of color, as purity has no memory, while black is the saturation of colour as recurrent waves of pain and discreditable secrets. We look deeply into this profound despair, fear guilt and anger and we find a similarity to innocence, such as the infinite field of unfolding possibilities” comments Inoue.
Founded by choreographers Misato Inoue and Félix Duméril in 2006, the Swiss-based dance collective T42 creates works of contemporary dance and physical theatre, often including collaborations with artists across disciplines. To date, this award-winning company has produced 12 original dance pieces, which have been performed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, Thailand, and Serbia. T42’s South African tour is supported by Pro Helvetia, the Stanley Johnson Foundation and the City and Canton of Bern.
This programme will take place on 11 and 12 September (T42) and 13 and 14 September (EIRA) at 20:00 in Hiddingh Hall; University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town. Attendance is free of charge, but seating is limited and booking is essential. Please direct all bookings to email@example.com. For more information, contact the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156.