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For the first time on a professional stage, 9 young people from various provinces will together present “Location 9” a dance work choreographed by the multi award Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Portia Mashigo specifically for this group of young dancers. The work is based upon the formation of a bigger platform where people develop an individual vocabulary which is used to present a story about who they are. A story is shared by many at this location 9, where dance is our language, my location.

The Cultural Development Trust (CDT) presents Location 9, as a result of CDT running a 9 months Creative Industries Development Program aimed at entrepreneurial skills development for young dance companies and choreographers as well as choreographic skills for the groups. This program, supported for the past 3 years by Africalia (Belgium) seeks to capacitate young people with entrepreneurial skills using various dance forms and management outlook. This project has shown the effectiveness of CDT’s methodologies that have continuously produced optimum results. 

This work will make its debut at this year’s Nicarela Parkview Charity Christmas Market on the 28th November 2015 at 19:00 in partnership with Gearhouse Kentse Mpahlwa Academy, one of the Gearhouse Group of Companies. The Academy students offer their services free of charge to the Nicarela Christmas Market annually and use the event as a final assessment for their learnership programme in technical services provision. The Academy introduced The Cultural Development Trust to the Nicarela event as a platform for this piece.

The Showcase is presented through the support of Africalia Belgium.Africalia is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded at the end of 2000, on the initiative of the Belgian Development Cooperation.Africalia is a cultural cooperation organisation which promotes sustainable human development by supporting African culture and contemporary art. 

Africalia’s activities aim to strengthen the technical, artistic and organisational capabilities of the sector’s professionals and to foster democratic debate through the empowerment and the participation of individuals and communities in cultural life. 

Africalia currently works with 20 organisations and networks in 8 sub-Saharan countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Story and Photo by Cultural Development Trust

Nov 24, 2015

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