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              Christine Nesbitt Hills

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Red Crushed Velvet

'Red Crushed Velvet' presented by the First Physical Theatre Company celebrates three generations of choreography at the National Arts Festival in 2005.

After a call for proposals, Jeanette Ginslov was commissioned to create a new work for First Physical. In an intense rehearsal period in May, Ginslov conceived 'Part One: Fear and Laughter' with the company's six resident performers who reveal personal stories that amuse, engage and entertain. Storiesthye would rather have slip away quietly from public scrutiny.

Ginslov's process made use of a technique caled Alba Emoting(tm) and was "experimental and groundbreaking" said Ginslov. "No-one has yet explored the use of Alba Emoting(tm) and dance as a means to real emotional display on stage!"

Meantine, Artistic Director Gary Gordon has been working with seven male performers (and an 'Anthropologist') in teh creation of 'Tread'. Subtitled 'some misgivings on the inability of man to step quietly on the ground', Gordon's evocative and haunting new danceplay incorporates specially commissioned music from Francois le Roux (aka the Ha!man).

Bailey Snyman has been re-working his 'Straits' which premiered at the FNB Dance Umbrella in February. 'Straits' is an exquisitely danced journey into personal memories, the need to remember and the choice to forget.

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