KOBA with Vincent Mantsoe | April 29-May 3
805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6H 2X4, Canada
KOBA with Vincent Mantsoe (FR/ ZA)
with live accompaniment by master drummer Amara Kanté
May 6- 10, 2019
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. 1st Floor
$75 Full Week
“KOBA” (bend), focuses on three major components: the breath, the cycle of energy in movement, and the natural positions of the body. KOBA uses these principals to generate movement from the internal to the external, to reach a place where one can “swim in a pool of energy within, to transcend the physical limitations of the body.” By observing his grandmother and the elders in his village, he noticed that they would often undertake demanding physical tasks in extremely harsh conditions for long periods of time with ease. The KOBA technique is based on his study of the body within this context, which has become the foundation for his practice. Vincent Mantsoe has developed a language of dance that is influenced by his training in Graham, Western contemporary dance, traditional African dance, Japanese Butoh and Tai Chi.
This is a contemporary dance class.
Vincent Mantsoe is one of South Africa’s leading post-apartheid choreographers. His company Association Noa Company Vincent Mantsoe creates contemporary African work that represents a true global culture of both dancers and disciplines. Growing up in Soweto, South Africa, Mantsoe started his dance training at a young age in the midst of the political unrest of the Apartheid. He grew up in a family of healers, combining ritual, song and dance, and has since become an internationally acclaimed performer, instructor and choreographer.
Primarily a solo performer, he has toured and also created work for ensembles including Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City and COBA (Collective of Black Artists) in Toronto From 1997 until 2001, Mantsoe was associate artistic director of MID. Mantsoe’s choreography combines traditional African dance with contemporary, aboriginal, Asian and ballet influences in a cross-cultural Afro-fusion style. Acknowledging the influence of spirituality in his creative work, Mantsoe describes a process of “borrowing from the ancestors,” noting the importance of understanding and appreciating the sources of his traditional movements.
Mantsoe has toured internationally, performing at venues including The Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC; the Dance Umbrella in London, England; and Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He has won many awards, including top prize at the Vth and VIth Rencontres chorégraphique de Bagnolet (officially the Rencontres chorégraphique internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis) in 1996 and 1998. In 1999, he received the Prix du Peuple at the Festival international de nouvelle danse in Montréal, Canada and in 2015 he received a Dora Award for Outstanding Male Performance.
Photo credit : Val Adams
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