TAKING place at the college’s Lane Theatre from August 26 to September 5, 2021, #HEADLINE/RS will showcase the versatility of the students as well as the international dance level of this prestigious performing arts centre. Inspired by a range of recent headlines around the world, #HEADLINE/RS honours – through dance – events and people that have influenced defining moments in global culture.
This year, choreographers include head of the Advanced Ballet and Modern Department at WTS, Shona Brabant, bringing an eclectic combination of styles showing off her immense range. This year she presents pointe work and jazz as well as a contemporary routine, which celebrates the feminine and the masculine within the male aesthetic; and Simone Marshall, one of South Africa’s most highly skilled tap teachers, choreographers and festival adjudicators, to present a range of evocative routines from commercial tap, showcasing impressive athleticism as well as some lyrical pieces, exploring the contrasting elements within the genre.
Acclaimed performer and choreographer James Bradley adds his international performance experience to his choreography for this year’s production. He combines his neoclassical and contemporary professional training to create choreographies crossing many genres. Innovative choreographer and teacher Marguerite Jones continues to inspire audiences with her moving contemporary routines and this year brings even more originality and power to the stage.
Performer, international contortionist, and flexibility coach Suné-Lee Esch brings fitness to the stage in a hilarious jazz and ’80s aerobics fusion as well as highlighting commercial Moulin Rouge style choreography with a Rockette-ready ensemble; and multi-medium production company The Outlore explores themes of legacy and anonymity through hip-hop and street dance.
Featuring a large ensemble cast of students from first to fourth years, #HEADLINE/RS weaves through a wide range of moods while exploring the talking points that have shaped our times.