MusicDance021 | 2018 Archive

MusicDance021 is a platform for fostering the collaboration of music and dance in performance in Cape Town. The first phase of this project took place at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective during  Manuela Lucia Tessi’s (IT/NL) residence from 14 January till 20 February 2018.

Music Dance 021 2018 consisted of five weeks of open practice sessions, performances, and movement classes open to the local community of dancers and musicians. Manuela ‘s current work focuses on real time (improvised) composed dance and the relationship between movement and live music in performance. Professionals, students, trainees and dancers and musicians of all ages were invited to take part and collaborate in sessions, classes and performances.

Open practice sessions happened on Sundays 4-7 pm January 14th, 21st , 28th and February 4th , 11th. These were open to dancers, musicians, theatre practictioners and were facilitated by Manuela. The focus of these sessions was interdisciplinary (music and movement) improvisation towards performance. The sessions were also a way to meet and collaborate with artists that are interested in proposing groups of dancers and musicians for the weekly performance events.

Movement classes happened on Mondays 12-2 pm January 15th , 22nd , 29th and February 5th, 12th. In these classes Manuela combined her background in contemporary dance with improvisation technique to explore movement principles and pathways that feel logical and organic to the body. Starting from floorwork we weaved in and out of set material with special attention of phrasing and musicality.


Each event consisted of a series of improvised performance pieces, each with a different constellation of dancers and musicians from the Sunday sessions and a lighting designer who created an improvised light setting. See archive of the five performances below.

Performance #1: 24th January 2018

Trio: Thalia Laric – dance Manuela Lucia Tessi- dance Colia Leah Enderstein – piano

Duo: Christelle Dreyer – dance Visser Liebenberg- clarinet

Duo: Jessica Williams- dance Robin Brink- drums

Hannah Loewenthal- lights

Pictures by Lindsey Appolis

Performance #2: 31st January 2018

Quartet: Cilna Katzke , Mia Labuschagne, Manuela Lucia Tessi- dance, Colia Leah Enderstein, piano

Trio: John Cartwright, Thalia Laric, dance , Lucy Strauss-viola

Trio: Hannah Loewenthal, Julia de Rosenwerth, dance, Robin Brink-  drums

Trio:  Francesca Krnjak, Robin Brink-  drums, Colia Leah Enderstein, piano

Mandilahke Zunguze – lights

Pictures by Lindsey Appolis

Performance # 3: 7th February 2018

Duo:  Manuela Lucia Tessi- dance Robin Brink – drums

Trio: Thalia Laric – dance, Lucy Strauss, Osamu Nakada -viola

Trio: John Cartwright – dance,  Colia Leah Enderstein (piano) , Visser Liebenberg (clarinet)

The Band ( Lucy Strauss, Osamu Nakada -viola, Robin Brink – drums, Colia Leah Enderstein- piano , Visser Liebenberg – clarinet )and Dancers:

Julia de Rosenwerth, Adriana Jamisse,  Jessica Williams, Kristina Johnstone, Manuela Lucia Tessi, Thalia Laric – dance

Hannah Loewenthal (lights)

 Pictures by Lindsey Appolis

Performance #4: 16th February 2018

Duo: Tossie van Tonder, Visser Liebenberg- clarinet

Sextet: Kristina Johnstone, Thalia Laric, Manuela Lucia Tessi- dance, Robin Brink – drums, Colia Leah Enderstein – piano, Lucy Strauss- viola

Trio: Elsa Duault – dance , Visser Liebenberg- clarinet, Lucy Strauss- viola

Group piece:  Hannah Loewenthal, Mia Labuschagne, Francesca Krnjak, Roxanne de Freitas – dance  , Andrea Dico’, Robin Brink- drums, Colia Leah Enderstein – piano

Mandilahke Zunguze- lights

Pictures by Lindsey Appolis