UKZN Dance Lecturer’s Show SADHANA at Playhouse TheatreGeneral

FLATFOOT DANCE Company dancers seen with Kathak dancer, Manesh Maharaj. They will perform SADHANA at the Playhouse Theatre.FLATFOOT DANCE Company dancers seen with Kathak dancer, Manesh Maharaj. They will perform SADHANA at the Playhouse Theatre.

From the same acclaimed team who brought the award winning BHAKTI to Durban, comes the latest offering: SADHANA.

UKZN’s Performing Arts Lecturer Ms Lliane Loots, once again, steps boldly into Eastern mystical philosophy and its confluence with African rhythms and dance, in producing the new show.

In association with the Playhouse Company, Loots joins forces with the six FLATFOOT DANCE Company dancers - Sifiso Khumalo, Tshediso Kabulu, Mthoko Mkhwanazi, Jabu Siphika, Kim Mccusker-Bartlett and Zinhle Nzama. Also starring is Kathak aficionado and master, Manesh Maharaj, known for his intrepid Kathak solo work.

SADHANA is a Sanskrit word meaning a journey towards enlightenment that honours intellectual, emotional and spiritual seeking. The show focuses on what South Africans are prepared to shed in their own voyages towards decolonising both the mind and body.

‘It is a rare and very precious moment for me to make dance work that allows for a more inward and contemplative artistic journey,’ said Loots, ‘so I am relishing this creative process allowing me to collaborate with Durban’s finest dance and musical talent.

‘The very make-up of the cast of dancers and musicians tells a story of multiple histories and identities providing the chance to explore what being South African means to all of us in our own divergent artistic ways.  This is the very fabric of SADHANA.’

‘Manesh Maharaj is probably one of South Africa’s finest dancers at the moment and both myself and FLATFOOT have been graced to work collaboratively with him over the past three years,’ said Loots.

‘His preparedness to share his own Kathak style so generously with us and his ability to cross borders into contemporary dance, makes him the biggest jewel in the SADHANA “crown”. Sometimes, in rehearsal, I get so mesmerised by his beauty as a dancer that I completely forget my role as Choreographer.’

Also intimately involved is South African Musician Madala Kunene whose unique African guitar rhythms set up the sound score of the work. He is joined by two of Durban’s most acclaimed musicians - master djembe drummer Mandla Matsha and tabla player Revash Dookhi.

Filmmaker and long-time collaborator with Loots and FLATFOOT, Karen Logan, creates the video installations for SADHANA - visually beautiful landscapes which echo Loots choreographic visions. Lighting is provided by award winning designer Wesley Maherry, whose creations have found a base in FLATFOOT’s work over the past 14 years. 

SADHANA runs as an ‘in association production’ with the Playhouse Company from 23 to 26 March at the Drama Theatre in the Playhouse Complex in Durban. Booking is open through Computicket.

Melissa Mungroo