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  The Swiss dance duo Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon, who make up Cie 7273, bring two contemporary pieces to Southern Africa in April 2011. Their visit forms part of a tour presented by Pro Helvetia Cape Town, the Swiss Arts Council, and includes performances of Romance-S and Listen & Watch in Johannesburg, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town, and Harare.

Traversing a variety of themes, their earliest works explored the process of creation (La vision du lapin, 2003), the duet and the fragmentation of movement (Simple proposition, 2004), and the links between dance and American folk music of the 70s (En concert and Laï Laï Laï Laï, 2007 and 2008). In 2006, their piece Climax, full of fluidity of movement and continuous phrase, earned the Award of the Liechti Foundation for the Arts.

In their later works, two of which they perform here, Yadi and Cantillon search for a new form of dance that is spiritually and physically challenging. Romance-S (2009) is a contemporary love story and pas de deux of elegant simplicity, with numerous allusions to the history of dance. It can be considered a study of bodies and the space between them, a space common to both love and dance. Listen & Watch (2009) is an endless and intense pursuit of the spiritual and physical limits in dance, featuring Nicolas Cantillon’s solo dance in dialogue with music performed on stage by Mozambican electric bassist and keyboardist Nelton Miranda.

“Yadi and Cantillon dispense with background music and keep their eyes fixed on those of their partner in an hour of dance that is completely fascinating” – La Tribune de Genève (2009)

“Why is this piece so strong? Because they have made their secret a space where it is a pleasure to live, when one is a spectator” – Le Temps (2009)



4 + 5 April (19h30) > Wits Theatre
R38.50/R66 > www.strictlytickets.com

6 April (16h00) + 7 April (10h30) > KKNK
R75 > www.computicket.com

12 April + 13 April (20h00) > Little Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus

15 April (20h30) > CCFM
150 MT


25 April (19h00) > CCFM
150 MT

26 April + 27 April > HIFA > www.hifa.co.zw

28 April (19h30) > Wits Theatre
R38.50/R66 > www.strictlytickets.com
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