This February, Darkroom Contemporary develops its new performance season of In C I DOUBLE BILL. In C is made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission, with additional support from the Western Cape Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, The Baxter Theatre and the Centre for the Less Good Idea.
Leading up to the performance tour in March 2018, Darkroom Contemporary will host a series of educational workshops and development initiatives. For the duration of the company rehearsal period in Cape Town during February 2018, open sessions will take place every Friday - dancers are invited to attend company class or participate in the day’s rehearsal.
Members of the public are welcome to attend these open sessions, which will be followed by a forum discussion to highlight and address current issues affecting the arts & culture communities in Cape Town. All sessions free of charge and open to all.
UNFINISHED is a platform to share and connect people through dance and music. Dancers & Musicians never meet before the performance. Everything comes together on the night. Expect the unexpected.
UNFINISHED is a performance event presented in collaboration with Youngblood Arts & Culture Development. Spearheaded by Darkroom Contemporary, UNFINISHED brings together Cape Town’s dance community and a selection of classical and experimental musicians. This initiative invites dance makers to create short works outside of their comfort zones, in a short space of time, and using a small space to perform them in, while the musical input acts as the catalyst and driving force behind the performance.
Dance makers use the following guidelines to create their work. The dance is:
- created in a maximum of 4 rehearsal sessions,- hence unfinished to a certain degree.
- presented in a small performance area.
- performed to live musical accompaniment.
- in solo, duet or trio format.
UNFINISHED was launched in 2016, and continues to build on the success of this unique project. Each performance event places a spotlight on the possibilities which exist when dance is juxtaposed with live musical accompaniment.
ACCESS ME is a photo story formed through documenting ideas and emotions around accessibility, and a collaboration between Darkroom Contemporary & Unmute Dance Company. The story hopes to communicate real opinions about what accessibility means. To some, the word may be filled with possibility - openness, convenience, ease and approachability, equal rights and unlimited access, doors always open. To others, it conjures knowledge of that which is unattainable, excluded, difficult, impossible to reach, and limited in its access to.Access is dealt with daily, to varying degrees. Those with unlimited, easy access to communication, information, physical space - may not pay it as much attention - while others fight every day for accessibility - for equal rights, access to information, opportunity, and physical space.
ACCESS ME asked the Unmute Dance Company performers to describe their own stories relating to access - of struggle, hope, overcoming and ultimately new aspiration. A process of interviews and discussions discovered a collection of real stories, experiences and histories in relation to accessibly or the lack thereof. The resulting photo story and short film by Darkroom Contemporary throws a glimpse on these individual histories, while the performance by Unmute Dance Company unpacks the theme of access through movement. ACCESS ME asks us all to recognize those moments of believing to be trapped, locked in or limited, isolated or helpless, alone, misunderstood, yearning for change, looking for hope, or trying to overcome.
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