Whether you enjoy your art forms encaptured in opulence or taken straight from dirt filled streets, Out of the System delivers voiceless stories filled with truth and authenticity. The intensity of Via Kanana was mesmerising. The themes of oppression, segregation, manipulation and greed, themes which have haunted South Africa for centuries, shone through in brilliance as the dancers energetically consumed every inch of the large Shoreditch Town Hall stage. The piece was daring as it was challenging and called for excellence in its delivery as it flirtGregory Maqomaed with a number of dance disciplines from across the globe. Choreographer, , hit the mark in creating a piece that said everything it needed to say in an exciting, engaging, beautifully emotional display.
You would then not have been blamed if you had assumed that Ivan Blackstock’s creation of CRXSS PLATFXRM, was going to offer you light relief from the high intensity just witnessed from the Via Katlehong dance troupe, but the CRXSS PLATFXRM raw dancers were so unwaveringly committed to sharing their own expression that you found yourself equally tipped to the very edge of your imagination. The whole evening of challenges and battles either won or lost was fused with excitement and brought to London the very essence of the underground community where all voices, all colours, all expressions are welcome.
Curated by Dance Umbrella guest programmer, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Out of the System brought to London a wonderfully intoxicating collaboration of pure dance talent delivered to the highest level.
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