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Dance Lecturer Hosts Park Dances 2 at Durban Botanic Gardens

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UKZN Dance lecturer and Director of the Flatfoot Dance Company Dr Lliane Loots will present Park Dances #2 at the Durban Botanic Gardens. This allows audiences to safely watch this unique performance in an outdoor sundowner dance experience on 11, 12, 13, and 18, 19 & 20 June at 4.30pm.

Park Dances#1 saw local audiences loving being back in a “theatre” environment. In Park Dances #2, FLATFOOT collaborates with Durban’s Kathak maestro Mr Manesh Maharaj in a dancing encounter with the haunting poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, as they celebrate the seamless confluence of ancient and contemporary African and Indian rhythms.

The hour-long explosion of dance has been collaboratively created by the full company: Sifiso Khumalo, Jabu Siphika, Loots, Zinhle Nzama, Mthoko Mkhwanazi, Sbonga Ndlovu, Siseko Duba, Ndumiso Dube, and special guest, Maharaj.

Artistic Director Loots said, ‘We are beyond delighted to continue with our Park Dances in collaboration with the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust and to have this opportunity to once again share this incredibly beautiful living space with audiences. #2 is going to be a delight of the senses as we collaborate with the incredible Manesh Maharaj and his own virtuosity as one of South Africa’s most skilled Kathak dancers.’

This is a family-friendly performance and audiences may bring picnics and blankets to sit on. Entrance opens at 4pm for patrons to settle in and enjoy a picnic or a stroll around the gardens before the show begins at 4.30pm.

There is ample safe parking at the main Botanic Gardens Visitors Complex entrance. All COVID-19 safety protocols are in place, and masks must be worn. There is a maximum audience of 100 per show with demarcated areas to sit. Tickets are R100 and must be booked and paid for in advance – there are no door sales. To book contact Clare on flatfootdancecompany@gmail.com

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