During August (Women’s Month), South Africa’s leading dancers, singers and fashion houses will create spectacular one-night-only concerts in two South African cities. The events entitled Winds of Change will raise funds to vaccinate children against of Cervical Cancer.
The performances promise to be dazzling: Act 1- dancers of different genres interpret sections of Astor Piazzolla’s magnificent Four Seasons (Cuatro Estaciones Portenas); Act 2- Dance Meets Fashion (dancers dressed by The Platinum Group: Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, Vertigo, Aca Joe and Urban Degree) with live singers and musicians, directed by stellar choreographer Adele Blank. This culminates in the Grand Finale.
Featured dance companies (in Johannesburg) include KMAD, Moving Into Dance, Tribhangi Dance Theatre and Dance Junxion; and individuals such as
Camille Bracher (now dancing with the Royal Ballet in London), Lulu Mlangeni (winner of So You Think You Can Dance), Dada Masilo, Yolandi Olckers, Kitty Phetla and Jemina Bowring. Amongst the vocal artists are Michelle Veenemans, Craig Urbani, Paul Abro, Tracey Lee Oliver and Taryn Sudding, with musical director Paul Ferreira.
The title and theme Winds of Change, talks to both the changing seasons and to change initiating a positive shift. The events are the brainchild of Revelation – Dance for a Cure, a non-profit organisation which helps to supply a Nobel Prize-winning preventative vaccine to disadvantaged youngsters. Revelation – Dance for a Cure has hosted annual performances since 2008 and has so far raised R983,400 which has facilitated the immunization of 550 orphaned girls.
Winds of Change will be staged on August 5th at Durban’s Playhouse and on August 13th at Johannesburg’s Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City. Tickets are R180 and available through Computicket. All artists perform free of charge.