Journey – Double Bill

Date: 15 – 17 August 2024 
Venue: Drama Theatre

This Women’s Arts Festival, Flatfoot Dance Company presents Journey, featuring two captivating dance works. The first piece is by resident choreographer and artistic director Lliane Loots, while the second is by special guest choreographer Gaby Saranouffi from Madagascar. This production not only celebrates Flatfoot’s 21-year journey of reaching significant milestones but also explores the essence of what it means to be alive at this moment in history.

Saranouffi’s Soritra (Traces) opens the evening with a fast-paced exploration of self, searching for “traces of where we come from and where we are going.” Inspired by the Malagasy indigenous abstract strategy board game “diam-panorona,” the movements of stones on the board are intriguingly replicated in contemporary dance with bold athletic movements.

Loots’s “The Salt on Your Skin” takes the audience on a journey to the cities of the interior, offering a poignant and beautiful look at intimacy. The piece references sweat, skin, and other acts of love and labor that define our everyday lives. Co-created with six resident Flatfoot dancers (Sifiso Khumalo, Jabu Siphika, Zinhle Nzama, Ndumiso Dube, and Siseko Duba), this work draws on deeply personal stories of love, loss, and hope. Loots uses dance to delve into these intimate narratives, imagining and transforming the larger story of our lives.