Figure of 8 Dance Collective returns to The Baxter with a brand-new dance work, Embody You, at The Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, for a short season, from 27 to 30 July 2022.
In the wake of the success of Karatara, a dance theatre piece that tells the story of the devastating Knysna fires of 2018, which won best debut production at this year’s KKNK, the award-winning dance and choreography duo Grant Van Ster and Shaun Oelf, return to The Baxter stage with Embody You, a new, contemporary work that explores and deconstructs the body’s movement.
Embody you is a contemporary dance piece, choreographed into an audio-visual display of the body’s role and function. An exploration into how the body makes us human. It interrogates the exterior and exposes how bodies are expected to conform.
Exploring and deconstructing the body’s movement, human moods, and thoughts, a search for meaning and clarity in our physical, emotional, somatic, and systematic self, Embody You, tackles issues of identity, age, beauty, pleasure, love, pain, and sadness. Every day we experience the body differently, how we deal with these experiences raise interesting questions about who we are, why we are the way we are and whether that is truly us or just the body that the world created for us. These questions are timeless.
Established in 2014, Figure of 8 Dance Collective, the acclaimed and award-winning Cape Town-based dance company has earned respect and accolades for their work on both local and international dance stages. Founders, Grant Van Ster and Shaun Oelf are joined on stage by Keenun Wales (Limitless Self, Future and the Past), Lubabalo Pupu (Danger in the Dark, Initiation), Crystal Finck (Aunty Merle The Musical, Danger in the Dark), Jay-Dee America (Solid, Frontline).
Embody You is on at The Baxter from 27 to 30 July at 8.15pm nightly with a matinee performance on Thursday 28 July at 11am and Saturday, 30 July at 3pm. Booking is through Webtickets, online at www.webtickets.co.za/baxtertheatre at The Baxter Box Office or at any Pick and Pay store.