South African Cultural Observatory

Iconic Moving into Dance still flying after 40 years

BY 09.09.18

MOVING into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) is a dance company that has stood the test of time. This month it presents Equinox 1 and 2 at the University of Johannesburg theatre. 

Forty years of impacting social justice through dance is a huge feat in an industry that is both under-resourced and under-funded, but iconic Moving into Dance Trust has stood the test of time.

Established at a time in South African history when townships were burning and racial tensions ran rampant, MID became a beacon of hope to black youth who needed reprieve from the political and social injustices of the time.

MID Chief Executive, Nadia Virasamy, says, “Dance became the hope that they sought, it became their freedom of expression, their path to a future that could be imagined despite what was happening in their immediate surrounds. It gave them the power to dream.”

In celebration of its 40th anniversary MID presents Equinox, a season of dance and celebration funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in partnership with University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture.

This season comprises of two programmes; Equinox 1 (14-16 September 2018) and Equinox 2 (20-22 September 2018) at the University of Johannesburg Theatre on the Kingsway campus in Auckland Park.

“Equinox speaks to the inevitable cycle of existence. It speaks of balance, natural progression, reflection and introspection. MID’s inevitable cycle of existence is the kind that has impacted more than 40 years of socio-cultural transformation through Sylvia Glasser’s vision, that people of all races, cultures and backgrounds could be united through dance. Over the years MID has come to symbolise balance, it became a place where equality, respect and hope was nurtured, a place where anxieties were abandoned, and dance became the healer that leads one on the journey to embracing one’s truest identity,“ Virasamy explains.

Equinox 1

Passage of Rites

Choreographed by MID Founder, Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser, and inspired by her poem, Passage of Rites premiered at the 1997 Dance Umbrella and was nominated for an FNB Vita Dance Umbrella choreographic award in 1998.


The Women Who Fell From The Moon

Featuring the choreographic exploits of MID’s female dancers together with the narrative resounds of award-winning theatre maker Khutjo Green. Having opened The Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival 2018, the Johannesburg Premiere is said to enthral local audiences not just with beautiful dance but with the incredible costumes designed by Leon Von Solms and the lighting genius of Wilhelm Disbergen.

Dates and times - Equinox 1:
- Friday 14 September: 18:30 for 19:30 (Gala Evening – By invitation only)
- Saturday 15 September at 11:00
- Saturday 15 September at 19:30
- Sunday 16 September at 15:00 (Final)


Equinox 2 

We Are Still Marching…

Originally commissioned by The Playhouse Company, and choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau of MID, finally has its Gauteng Premiere featuring the MID professional Dance Company. This work is a magnificent celebration of women, their lives, and their struggles, and promises an exciting, unforgettable experience for all lovers of dance.

Dates and times - Equinox 2:
- Thursday 20 September at 19:30 (Opening)
- Friday 21 September at 11:00 (Schools Performance)
- Friday 21 September at 19:30
- Saturday 22 September at 18:00 (Final)

Ticket Prices:
Tickets range from R30 to R100 and are available at: https://arts.uj.ac.za/series/MIDM40 or at the door - 1 hour prior to the performance.

ALL tickets are R100 each – EXCEPT:
1. Equinox 1 Gala Evening – 14 September at 19:30 - By Invitation Only
2. Pensioners (with Pensioner Card): R30 for any performance apart from Gala Evening
3. Students (with Student Card) R30 each for any performance apart from Gala Evening
4. Schools Performance: Equinox 2 – Friday 11 September at 11:00 - R30 each
5. Block Booking Discount: R75 per person for 10 or more tickets

Moving into Dance would like to thank the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) for funding the 40th anniversary season, The Playhouse Company for the Commission of “We are Still Marching…”, as well as the University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture for partnering with MID for the 40th anniversary season.

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