Take Five for French & South African partnership!

The internationally acclaimed dance production TORDRE that will be staged at the Market Theatre during December is the fifth partnership project between the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) since an MOU to promote cultural collaboration was signed between the two parties last year.

In less than a year, IFAS has supported the Market Theatre to present the South African born choreographer Robyn Orlin’s, In A World Full of Butterflies, It Takes Balls to be a Caterpillar in the John Kani Theatre, followed by The Night of Ideas at the newly inaugurated Market Photo Workshop, the Fête  de la Musique programme at both Windybrow Arts Centre and the Market Theatre precinct, and finally The Alchemy of Words at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre which was also part of a masterclass for the Market Lab students..

“This is a dynamic partnership that has enabled both the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa to jointly explore opportunities that brings together artists, thought-leaders and trendsetters from our two nations to engage and inspire each other”, said Ismail Mahomed, the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

TORDRE will have its Johannesburg premiere on Friday 1 and perform once more on Saturday 2 December 2017 in the John Kani Theatre in the Market Theatre complex. In TORDRE, French-Algerian choreographer Rachid Ouramdane, co-director of the prestigious Centre choréographique national de Grenoble, presents two dancers, Lora Juodkaite and Annie Hanauer, who take their audience in an intimate measure in time: a sort of infra-dance, based on interior impulses from which glimpses of a whole relationship with the world emerge.

Ouramdane is known for exploring the ways in which dance and biography intersect to create contemplative and revealing portraits. In TORDRE, Ouramdane creates two juxtaposed solos for performers Lora Juodkaite and Annie Hanauer dancing against the background of a sparse set where two swirling slim metal structures are the only props.

Juodkaite and Hanauer are long-time collaborators of Ouramdane. They perform intensely physical solos before a moving duet that unites them through their contrasting physicalities. Lithuanian Juodkaite spins dizzyingly, then compulsively on the spot, while British-born Hanauer moves freely, her prosthetic arm simply an extension of her movement. They are simultaneously strong yet fragile.

TORDRE is a unique story about two performers whose distinctive physicalities unite through a series of raw and captivating self-portraits, threaded with emotion, to create a production that is rarely seen in South African theatres. We are able to present this production to our audiences because of the MOU between the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa”, says Mahomed.

“We are thrilled and honored that the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Market Theatre have signed their first MOU. This MOU has formalized and enhanced the collaboration between our two institutions, collaboration that actually began a long time ago and has expanded smoothly and fruitfully, and in all the different locations of the Market Theater Foundation in 2017. The projects including TORDRE that we supported together since last year are an evidence of our mission to inspire and build a stronger cooperation between our two countries, France and South Africa. “says Marion Claudel, Cultural Attaché and Deputy Director of the French Institute of South Africa.

To book for TORDRE at the Market Theatre please visit www.webtickets.co.za.
For block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203 or Yusrah Bardien 011 832 1641 ext 204

For further information and interviews please contact:

Lusanda Zokufa – Senior Publicist Market Theatre Foundation
011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867
lusandaz@markettheatre.co.za