Chiffonade - dance for toddlers, young audiences

Assitej SA
03/23/2018 13:04:54

ASSITEJ SA celebrates dance for very young audiences with Vuyani Dance Theatre, and acclaimed French choreographer Michelle Dhallu of Carré Blanc Cie.

Chiffonnade is a dance performance specifically made for toddlers and young children. The piece is created by established French choreographer Michelle Dhallu of Carré Blanc Cie and has toured extensively in Europe and to acclaimed festivals around the globe receiving glowing reviews.

As Mary Brennan Dance critic says ‘The hurly burly of the Fringe (Edinburgh) doesn’t always feel a welcoming habitat for very young children, nonetheless there are wee gems for early years theatre-goers. Chiffonade is one of them… A ginormous squishy ball of many colours sits alone on the stage. It’s actually the patchwork house of a mercurial sprite who gives the sphere lively legs, turns it into a snail-shell home, and finally wriggles out of it into the Big World.’

ASSITEJ SA are currently hosting Michelle Dhallu in a partnership with Vuyani Dance Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre. The dance piece is given new life as Dhallu works with acclaimed Vuyani Dance Theatre performer Lulu Mlangeni to provide a unique South African take on the work. Working together at the UJ Arts Centre, Dhallu, Mlangeni and French dancer Suzel Barbaroux are currently relaunching this dance adventure which will premiere at the University of Johannesburg’s Con Cowan Theatre on 27 and 28 March at 10 am.

After the performance on 28 March, Dhallu will lead a workshop in creating dance for young audiences for all who are interested from 12:00 -14:00.

The day will end with a conversation about dance for young audiences with Michelle Dhallu and Yvette Hardie, the current President of ASSITEJ International.

This intercultural collaboration is an extension of the work that was done for Cradle of Creativity, the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, which ASSITEJ SA hosted in Cape Town in 2017 - the first time the event has been hosted on the African continent.

Bookings for shows and the workshop can be made through the UJ Arts Centre:

ASSITEJ SA members will receive a discount for the workshop via a promotional code which they can request by e-mailing Account:
Alison Green
011 028 6638
072 599 5716
Related Venue:
Con Cowan Theatre, Bunting Road Campus University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa