The imagery of the mask was very powerful and gave the performance a great deal of volume in terms of the reference to the opening floor work which worked very well. The decision to dance with the mask on his face before removing it (with the eyes covered) created an interesting sense of danger or potential injury and fear thereof, which speaks to the idea of the danger of this notion of the 'black face, white mask'.
The lighting design was very fitting and well done, completely adding to the ambiance of the piece, also the use of the mirror to re-direct the light was a clever design touch.
B-Boy Junior Bosila Banya’s Buanattitude allowed the audience to take a look into the life of a man who decided to pursue his passion for dance no matter what; a story we can all relate to on some level. The preconceptions about a man with limited use of his legs were not met, simply because there was nothing wrong with the way he danced. Break-dance requires a great deal of strength and co-ordination, and on both levels Junior's performance superseded any, and all, expectations.
A personal monologue provided an insight into the life of another person with a struggle. We cannot all choreograph dance work to express or deal with the difficulties we face, but we can learn something from Junior in this instance. In his piece Junior says “I dreamt of a world, a world in which I will feel protected from any aggression, a world where I would feel freedom... a free trust to be. I guess I dreamt of an ideal world, that's strange, I still dream,” which is a great way of putting it.
A lovely evening of technical excellence ending in a standing ovation, and a little bit of flavour from the artists themselves in a shared curtain call, giving us a taste of their personalities and a very fine display of love for what they do.
Buanattitude and Entre-Deux are repeated at Jomba!, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre tonight, September 1, at 7.30pm. This double-bill moves to Johannesburg’s Arts Alive 2011 festival under the banner of Hip Hop Explodes, at the Joburg Theatre Fringe on Sunday September 4 at 6pm.