Lost & Found

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A duet in two parts performed by two different couples.

Part 1 LOST:
 A duet by a younger couple who lose each other through the many trials of their relationship.

Part 2 FOUND: A duet by a more mature couple who find each other through acceptance and forgiveness.

The duets speak to the notion of growing and the way we respond at different times in our lives.

Choreographer: Bailey Snyman, Nicola Haskins, Zelne Papenfus and Walt Janse van Rensburg
Music Composed By: Daniel Geddes
Featured Artists: Bailey Snyman, Nicola Haskins, Zelne Papenfus, Walt Janse van Rensburg
Company: Matchbox Theatre Collective and Theatre on Pointe


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Wedding entertainer Nonzwakazi is married to one of the greatest Yoruba huntsmen, Oxossi. Nonzwakazi is unable to dance at Nana Aja’s granddaughter’s wedding, so the old lady cursed Oxossi, turning him into a snake with seven heads. To break the curse, Nonzwakazi must dance at eight weddings around the world.

Director: Mkhululi Mabija
Written By: Mkhululi Mabija
Choreographer: Bisi Bangiwe Ka Jobela
Music Composed By: Bisi Bangiwe Ka Jobela & Dattie Capelli
Music Performed By: Amandla Dança Teatro ZA
Featured Artists: Vuyelwa Kase, Winnie Selemogo, Mojalefa Likoebe, Mangaliso Magugwana
Company: Amandla Dança Teatro ZA


2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner – SILVER

Featured Artists: Fatima Lande, Onalenna Lemphote, Vuyelwa Kase, Winnie Selemogo | Company: Amandla Dança Teatro ZA

EMATHONGENI is a coming-of-age story that centres around a young girl named Nomathongo. Nomathongo, who has been gifted special powers by Yoruba orishas and African ancestors.

Moods in Motion

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Choreographer: Colleen Kitching
Company: Starlight Studios

Starlight Studios is back to thrill and delight audiences with a show that will warm hearts and uplift spirits like no other. 26 beautiful and extremely talented girls will perform a collection of masterly choreographed pieces in various styles ranging from lyrical to contemporary and jazz. This performance promises to thrill and entertain you whilst awakening the dancer in you.


2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner

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What do we do in a world where human tolerance and experience is so conditioned to endure abuse, suffering and pain? Using dance and spoken word this piece dives deep into the world of rape culture, sexuality, gender identity, race polarisation and religion.


Company: JOZI Youth Dance Company

Domaine showcases a diverse array of dimensions using esteemed choreographers. Our dancers will involve the audience, taking them on a journey, stepping seamlessly from one existence to the next. A poignant and hallucinogenic passage through time and space that will have you captivated long after the final curtain has fallen.


Ellipses: Cape Academy of Performing Arts

Choreographer: Michelle Reid, Kirsten Isenberg
Company: Cape Academy of Performing Arts

Ellipses makes its return to the National Arts Festival, after a successful run in 2017 at the NAF and the Cape Town Fringe. Life is a series of ellipses, a series of pauses and waiting in spaces.

Down to The Marrow

Featured Artists: Jabu Siphika, Zinhle Nzama and Sifiso Khumalo

Down to the Marrow is a hard-hitting and beautiful dance theatre journey into the interior landscape of identity. This work looks at the echoes of ancestral Zulu traditions and how contemporary urban black lives negotiate a sense of self.

Medumo Yabarwa

Language: Pedi Eng | Director: Mxolisi Masilela and Koketso Mashedi | Choreographer: Mothusi Motseko | Cast: Mogomotsi Mampe, Lerato Mokwana, Mxolisi Ngema and Thando Maduna | Company: Youth Channel Group

MEDUMO YABARWA  is the beauty of African song and dance. As Africans, we celebrate through song and dance, and in this piece we are mourning the death of the greatest hero King Mampuru and we celebrate the return of his long lost bones.




A dip into the Dance programme at the 2018 National Arts Festival Fringe: