Pendulum – To Find / In Search of Equilibrium

Northern Dance Project presents a Contemporary dance program with a variety of pieces choreographed by Janine Booysens, Jody Sissing, Kitty Phetla and Artistic Director Deborah McFadden.

Chalkboard, opens the production with the dancers sitting on a bench, constantly supporting each other throughout the piece. It then moves into How to Disappear a feeling of loss and being out of sync, finishing with Harmony a gentle quartet to find balance. The opening chapter has music from Jóhann Jóhannsson Icelandic composer, Ane Brun a Norwegian vocalist finishing with Tokio Myers [Torville Jones] pianist and music producer born in London, choreographed by the Artistic Director Deborah McFadden.

Untitled choreographed by Kitty Phetla, originally created in 2013, relates to finding friendship, danced by the senior dancers of NDP, followed by Look up Child choreographed by Jody Sissing, created especially for the Junior Associates of NDP. The first half finishes with a NEW commissioned piece by Janine Booysens, Exhale a piece on being unbalanced and feeling insecure with oneself.

The second half opens with Pendulum interpreting the search of equilibrium. A variety of pieces follow, from Bach to Billie Eilish, choreographed by Deborah McFadden, with accompaniment by the young string quartet; The Limbada Family, and vocals by Nasha Van Zyl, a senior dancer at NDP as well as a DJ on Bok Radio. Before the show closes with a quirky piece called Virvelvind by Ane Brun meaning whirlwind, the senior dancers perform an extract from Journey, music by the Royal Liverpool Philhamonica Orchestra with violin concertos Augustin Hadelich – Hannu Lintu, choreographed originally in 2013, relating to finding equilibrium after grief. 

Northern Dance Project was created in 2006 by the Artistic Director Deborah McFadden, also the owner and Director of Northern Dance Academy since 1991. NDP was created as a platform for dancers to experience performing on an amateur level at festivals such as the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, as well as performances in and around the Cape. NDP have performed at NAF for 11 years and performed at the Baxter Festival on five different occasions as well as Western Province Dance Association – Showcase of Dance at Artscape since 2012.

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