Reimagine Dance! Building on the development of its annual Eastern Evening (TEE) brand - which has previously been enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences in a variety of performance spaces in and around Durban- Iqraam Rahim's innovative Rampage Dance Company bravely continues to break fresh ground with its latest collaborative venture - The Durban Dance Alliance.
"Durban Dance Alliance is the coming together of Eastern, Western and African dance perspectives that caters to the evolving and diverse tastes of a proudly South African audience," explains Rahim. "The dance ecosystem created through TEE is being carefully nurtured with creativity. This allows us to collaborate with other independent dance institutes - in this instance - Gail Smith School of Dance & KwaMashu Dance Theatre - in order to allow a crossover of creative perspective. By speaking for our progress and against the misconceptions stifling the further development of our industry , we not only promote freedom of thought, but also the free dispersion of innovative ideas which results in a more multicultural society."
Rahim says Rampage Dance Company has adopted "Ikigai" - a Japanese word whose meaning translates roughly to a 'reason for being', encompassing 'joy', a 'sense of purpose and meaning', and a 'feeling of well-being' -as its dance philosophy. This has resulted in teaching methodology befitting the aspirations of current dance scholars.
With choreographer-director Rahim at its helm, the Durban Dance Alliance is a 60 min performance framed by the architectural artistry of Park Square retail destination, Umhlanga. It rests in the hands of a very strong technical and aesthetic team which has been carefully assembled to enhance the impact and experience of the event.
Audiences can expect an extraordinary, hour-long evening of vibrant dance, textured with KwaZulu-Natal history (dance formations include the King Shaka battle formations) and national pride.
"On a practical level, given the critical shortage of affordable theatre facilities currently available in the city, Durban Dance Alliance is a solution to the displacement of artists from theatre spaces (due to rising costs and exorbitant fees) and has proven that dance language transcends religion, colour and creed. It is with this art form that we challenge the status quo, free from the shackles of political correctness!"