A PARTNERSHIP between Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander, and theatre impresario Pieter Toerien, LAMTA – The Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy – was established on the top floor of the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay with the primary aim of training triple threat (singing, dancing, acting) students to become competitive working artists in today’s industry.
LAMTA’s first student production, Silver Screen, opens at Theatre on the Bay on June 5 and runs till the 8th. Inspired by music from some of cinema’s most timeless classics and modern blockbusters, it’s choreographed by established leaders in the South African dance industry: Adele Blank, Brigitte Reeve, Hope Maimane, Michelle Reid, Duane Alexander, Ilona Frege, Ashley Searle, Robin van Wyk and Sven-Eric Müller.
“This production is a celebration of powerful and exciting dance to some of the world’s most favourite movie-music hits!” says LAMTA director Anton Luitingh.
“We are super excited to showcase South Africa’s freshest young talent. One of the numbers we are doing is the theme song from Footloose.”
Says Ashley Searle: “I have always loved the raw energy of this number! There is something so powerful about a stage full of dancers giving it their all. When I met the LAMTA students I knew it was a perfect match!”
Robin van Wyk (artistic director of Cape Town City Ballet) is choreographing Funeral Blues. “My inspiration for this work comes from the movies of which I am a huge collector. Movies have always been a huge part of my life – I enjoyed watching them as a child and even saw myself as a director of film,” he comments.
“The first film clip of the piece is from the movie Four Weddings And A Funeral – Stop All The Clocks, a poem by WH Auden. Combining this beautiful poem with the theme music of Schindler`s List – a composition by John Williams – makes for a very powerful message through the medium of dance. I am very inspired by the young artists of LAMTA , a lot of them having very little ballet training -makes it all the more challenging and exciting to rework this piece on them.”
Hope Maimane has created a piece called Inception from the movie of the same title. “Inception is the transference of a single idea or thought from one soul, to another, usually occurring in a dream-like state echoing the subconscious mind,” he says. “I absolutely loved working with the LAMTA students on this piece. They are vibrant, humble and always hungry to learn more. I’m excited to see them in their upcoming production.”
Tickets are R100 from Computicket, or call LAMTA on 066 564 1816. Show dates and times are Wednesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 8 at 8pm, and a matinee on June 8 at 4pm.