“To dance is to take a stand,” as Dada Masilo is fond of saying. With a dozen works to her credit, the Johannesburg- born dancer and choreographer has clearly shown that it’s possible to entertain people and make them think at the same time. Judging by the international popularity of Swan Lake and Carmen, it’s a winning formula. Her Giselle—a young girl who dies after being betrayed by a man—is resolutely feminist. Powerful themes such as grief and revenge coalesce on stage, expressed through uniquely inventive movement. Dada Masilo likes dance that dances, and she likes to work with a truly dazzling company of artists. Add a musical score by Philip Miller that combines elements of classical music and African percussion, and you get a defiantly contemporary Giselle. Once again, Dada Masilo plays around with the past to convey a present reality.
Dada was born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa. She began formal training at The Dance Factory at the age of 11. She also attended Johannesburg’s National School of the Arts, from which she graduated at 17. After a year as a trainee at Cape Town’s Jazzart Dance Theatre, she was accepted at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels, where she remained for two years. Returning to South Africa late 2006, she began to...Read more about Dada Masilo
The organization was established in 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the primary aim of creating a home for dance. In 1994, it moved from temporary accommodation to a renovated bus repair warehouse, where it now has a large studio and a 220 seat theatre. Based in the city centre, it is accessible to dancers and audiences from town and township. Between 1993 and 2001, The Dance Factory coordinated 9 annual dance festivals for Arts...Read more about Dada Masilo / Dance Factory Johannesburg
Choreographer Dada Masilo.
Music Philip Miller.
Drawings William Kentridge.
Directorial Assistance David April.
Lighting Design Suzette le Sueur.
Costume Design David Hutt (Act 1), Songezo Mcilizeli, Nonofo Olekeng (Act 2).
Dancers Dada Masilo (Giselle), Xola Willie (Albrecht), Tshepo Zasekhaya (Hilarion), Llewellyn Mnguni (Myrtha), Liyabuya Gongo (Bathilde), Khaya Ndlovu (Mère de Giselle).
Men/Willis Thami Tshabalala, Tshepo Zasekhaya, Thami Majela.
Women/Willis Ipeleng Merafe, Khaya Ndlovu, Zandile Constable, Liyabuya Gongo, Nadine Buys.
Vocalists Ann Masina, Vusumuzi Nhlapo, Bham Maxwell Ntabeni, Tumelo Moloi.
Strings Waldo Alexande, Emile de Roubaix, Cheryl de Havilland.
French horn Shannon Harmer.
Percussion Tlale Makhene, Riaan van Rensbur.
Final Mix Gavan Eckhart.