Dada Masilo at the Grand Théâtre

© John Hogg

When Dada Masilo creates a work, she selects dancers from amongst South Africa’s most talented contemporary performers. Many times, she uses the same dancers but often, she takes the opportunity to invite new dancers with whom she wishes to work. She selects dancers for their personalities and the dynamics that they will contribute to the whole. Dancers are contracted on project basis and therefore rehearsals are fresh and exciting.
As a dancer in her own works, she creates pieces that dancers love to dance. 27 year old Dada Masilo is one of South Africa’s most exciting contemporary dance talents.
In recent years, she has made her name as both dancer and choreographer, having received the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance. Her recent, highly
praised works include Romeo and Juliet (2008), Carmen (2009), Swan Lake (2010) and The Bitter End of Rosemary (2011).
«Swan Lake is a work that does not take itself seriously all the time. My aim was to make it fun, sad, strange, quirky and interesting. Most of all, I wanted it to be beautiful. I did not want to send up Swan Lake because I love and respect ballet, but I wanted the freedom to play, especially when it came to the narrative, music and movement vocabulary.»Dada Masilo

Grand Theatre 12th & 13th October

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