MusicDance021 Cape Town

Music Dance 021 is a platform for fostering the collaboration of music and dance in performance in Cape Town.
After a hugely successful first season, MusicDance021 is back in March 2019!
The project brings together established and emerging artists in a cutting-edge performance and workshop format. Open to musicians, dancers, actors and singers, MusicDance021 provides a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, and the study of real-time composition in performance.
Workshops will run over 5 consecutive Sundays at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, Cape Town from 10 March – 7 April. Workshops are led by Manuela Lucia Tessi, Amsterdam based artist with over 15 years experience in interdisciplinary composition. The team also includes Coila-Leah Enderstein (music), Kristina Johnstone and Thalia Laric (dance) and Frans Mandilakhe Zunguze (light design), Julia de Rosenwerth (publicity), Dex Goodman (videography), and Lindsey Appolis (photography).


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Events 2019 :

Public Performances will be presented by participating artists on 13, 14, 22, 23 March and 7 April at 8pm at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.

Performance One:
The line up for the evening:
-“All at Once” quartet by musician Coila-Leah Enderstein (Coila Enderstein (piano and electronics), and dancers Manuela Lucia Tessi, Thalia Laric and Kristina Johnstone ,
-Duo by musicians Dylan Tabisher (percussions) and Coila- Leah Enderstein (piano and electronics)
Julia de Rosenwerth and musician to be announced.

Light by Frans Mandilakhe Zunguze


Improvisation Workshops

Sundays 4-7pm on 10, 17, 24, 31 March and 7 April R80 per session (concessions available – please ask)

The focus of the Sunday workshop is sharpen composition skills, expand interdisciplinary listening and provide a technique towards creating real-time-composed music and dance performances. Musicians and dancers are guided through improvisation structures as a way of extending our ability to create performances together. Registration is required to attend the workshops To register please email:

Training Classes

Technique classes for dancers are offered as part of the project and will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 25, 26 February, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26, 26 March 9am-11am at UCT School of Dance.

Classes will be taught by Manuela Lucia Tessi (Mondays) and Kristina Johnstone (Tuesdays) and include release technique, movement research and improvisation.

The focus of the movement classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings is more specifically for dancers to develop their individual movement research. Through softening the joints and working with clear alignment and functional pathways we bring attention to the mechanics of the body and the easeful connection of directing the weight through gravity. We guide movers to work with anatomically conscious choices. The classes draw on release technique, somatic bodywork, developmental pathways and improvisation technique.

MusicDance021 is kindly supported by ACT and Nedbank Arts Affinity and in association with Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos.