CPT International Dance Festival


12 astounding international dance companies.

One unforgettable experience.

iKapa Dance Theatre presents the first-ever annual Cape Town International Dance Festival, Town & Township. Supported by the Artscape Theatre Centre, Maboneng Township Arts Experience Festival, and Battery Dance, this electrifying display from around the globe features 12 of the world’s elite dance companies.

This year, audiences will be dazzled with performances from seven countries, including South Africa, the USA, China, Finland and India, as the Festival inspires a connection between people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Join us from 23 November – 6 December 2015 at the Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town and in Gugulethu Township, and be wowed by the energy and dynamism of some of the world’s most celebrated dancers as they explore the theme of migration as an essential element of life.

The meticulously curated programme of works will be complemented by a full-day creative and cultural indulgence at the Maboneng Township Arts Experience Festival in Gugulethu, as well as a series of workshops, film screenings, photo and art exhibitions.

The Cape Town International Dance Festival embraces two important international commemorations – World AIDS Day and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

23 Nov – 3 Dec 2015


Artscape Theatre Centre + Gugulethu NY 147–NY 144

R50 – R350




23 Nov16h30 - 18h30Adele Blank Dance Workshop: A workshop for aspiring and professional dancers by Adele Blank, a pioneer of contemporary dance in SA & founder of Free Flight Dance Co.R50
23 Nov18h45 - 19h15Dance and Art on Screen: A selection of short films from around the globe, ranging between 2-15 minutes and carefully curated to take you on a journey: personally, creatively and emotionally.R20
24 Nov18h00 - 19h15Talk: Arts Community & Economy - Philip Boyd, Siphiwe Ngwenya, Jay Pather and Theo NdindwaFree
26 Nov15h00 - 17h00Brigitte Reeve Taylor Dance Workshop: A workshop for aspiring and professional dancers by the Horton Expert.R50
26 Nov17h00 - 19h00History of SA Dance Talk: A discussion with Sheila Chisholm, Adele Blank, Philip Boyd and Theo Ndindwa.Free
27 Nov15h30 - 16h30Dance Longer, Dance Stronger: A workshop for dancers focussed on strengthening, Pilates and treatment for injury prevention, presented by Larrisa Epstein.R50
28 Nov16h30 - 17h30Show: Freedom Stage - Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Jazzart Training Academy, Dance for All & Yaotl Physical Art CompanyFree
28 Nov17h30 - 18h00Film: Albie Sachs (Part 1)Free
28 Nov18h00Gala Opening: Shado Twala (MC), Theo Ndindwa (iKapa Director), Jonathan Hollander (Battery Director), Jay Pather (Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts)Included
28 Nov19h00Show: Cultures Connect< An unforgettable gala evening of world-class companies, representing 5 countries and many cultures and styles, featuring iKapa Dance Theatre, Free Flight Dance Company, Pori Dance Company,Cape Town City Ballet, Lulu Sala Dance Theatre, Cape Dance Company, Jin Xing Dance Theatre, Jazzart Dance Theatre and Battery Dance Company. Followed by drinks with the dancers, supported by award-winning Jazz vocalist, Asanda Mqiki.R500 / R350 / R250 / R100
29 Nov10h00Show: Future Stage - Allegro, iKapa Youth Dance Theatre, OnPointe Kids, Stephanie Sandler (Olympic Gymnast).R250 / R150 / R100
29 Nov12h15Transport: Bus leaves Artscape, heading for GugulethuIncluded
29 Nov13h00 - 17h00TOURS (13h00 and 16h00): Tours of gallery homes, innovation homes, performance homes (refreshments available)
MIGRATION STAGE (14h30 – 16h00): The stage will be shared by all six international dance companies as well as six South African companies, including Entomo Dance Company, Pori Dance Theatre, Battery Dance Theatre, Yaotl Art Company, Cape Dance Company, Siwelo Sonke, Jin Xing Dance Theatre, Lulu Sala Dance Theatre, Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy Art of Homes: Jackie Manyapelo with Satisfaction Index, Mhlanguli George with Barkyard Theatre, Shakespeare School Festival
 Boarding (17h00): Return bus tripR250 / R500
29 Nov18h00Music: Clap & Tap - The Choir Vibes Cape Town Championship Battle 2015R40 / R60
30 Nov16h30 - 18h00Show: Heritage Stage - Yaotl Physical Art Company (SA), Entomo (FIN), Cape Dance Company (SA), Siwela Sonke (SA)Free
30 Nov19h00Show: China to Africa - Jin Xing Dance Theatre (China) presents Trinity.R350 / R250 / R100
01 Dec16h30 - 18h00Show: Dance for Life - Dance 4 All (SA), Pori Dance Company (FIN), Cape Junior Ballet (SA)Free
01 Dec19h00Show: Dance for Health - Battery Dance Theatre (USA), Entomo Dance Company (Spain), Siwela Sonke (SA), Yaotl Art Company (SA), Lulu Sala Dance Company (MOZ), Jin Xing Dance Company (China).R250 / R150 / R100
02 Dec16h30 - 18h00Show: People’s Stage - CAFDA (SA), Cape Junior Ballet (SA), Siddharthiya (India), Dance 4 All (SA).Free
02 Dec18h45 - 19h15Film: Dance & Art on ScreenR20
02 Dec19h00Show: Melting Pot - Pori Dance Company (FIN), Yaotl Physical Art Company (SA), Lulu Sala Dance Company (MOZ), Battery Dance Company (USA) & iKapa Dance Theatre (SA)R250 / R150 / R100
03 Dec16h30 - 18h00Show: Mobility Stage - Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy (SA), Shakespeare Schools Festival (SA), Dancing to Connect (USA & SA)Free
03 Dec18h30 - 20h30Show: Proudly Cape Town - OnPointe Dance Studio, iKapa Youth Dance Theatre, Dance 4 All, Eoan Group, Cape Academy of Performing Arts, UCT School of Dance, Shakespeare Schools Festival SAR100

Town + Township + Culture Day (29 Nov): R750
Weekend Pass (28 and 29 Nov): R1000
Full Festival Pass (All Events): R2500

For more information, contact Theo Ndindwa and Tanya Arshamian at festival@ikapadancetheatre.co.za or on 021 824 1773 / 079 415 4176.


Artscape Theatre Centre

Battery Dance Company

Protea Hotels

Embassy of the U.S.

Embassy of India

Western Cape Government

15 on Orange Hotel

OnPointe Dance Studio

Embassy of Finland

Embassy of China

Embassy of Spain

National Lotteries Commission

City of Cape Town

Now Boarding Digital & Brand Agency

RSA Litho

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Dance Companies

iKapa Dance Theatre (SA)

iKapa Dance is a uniquely South African contemporary dance company that produces inspiring, artistically excellent and universally relevant works for diverse audiences.


Battery Dance Company (USA)

Battery Dance Company performs on the world’s stages, teaches, presents, and advocates for dance and is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence and the availability of the arts to everyone.


Jin Xing Dance Theatre (China)

Jin Xing Dance Theatre was established as the first modern dance ensemble in China and has become the country’s backbone of modern dance, having performed at many global festivals.


Entomo EA&AE (Spain)

ENTOMO EA&AE is a collaboration between two outstanding Spanish artists, Elias Aguirre and Alvaro Esteban. The award-winning piece ENTOMO is inspired by the observation of insects.


Cape Dance Company (SA)

Capturing the diversity, creativity and artistic vibrancy of the nation through awe-inspiring dance works, Cape Dance Company has been enchanting audiences across the world since 1995.


Pori Dance Company (Finland)

PDC is a group of 7 modern dancers that aims to promote tolerance and human values through vibrant, living physical art, taking the audience’s imagination beyond its limits.


Yaotl Physical Art Company (SA)

Yaotl is a physical Art Company with an objective to artistically share their knowledge and expand the vision that arts has today by collaborating with local and international institutions.


Cape Town City Ballet (SA)

Cape Town City Ballet is one of the oldest Ballet companies in the world. Since its establishment, the company studios have been housed at the University of Cape Town School of Dance in Rosebank.


Jazzart Dance Theatre (SA)

Jazzart Dance Theatre is known for its combination of Western and African styles and its focus on community improvement. Jazzart is a transformative company that reflects SA’s changing social environment.


Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre (SA)

Siwela Sonke formed from a development programme for dancers with no access to training opportunities. They have since pushed the boundaries of Dance, Theatre and Performance Art in South Africa.


Dance for All

Dance for All gives children the opportunity to experience the joy of movement while receiving a high standard of dance training. This training empowers them with life skills and opens up career possibilities.


Free Flight Dance Company (SA)

Formed in 1987 under the passionate artistic leadership of dance doyen, Adele Blank, Free Flight strives for excellence and innovation in performance while entertaining, exciting and educating audiences.