The 21st Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival will come to a close on Saturday with a first for the festival, a performance that is suitable for children and families.
Switzerland and the dance company Company Mafalda will do the honours with a performance of Zick Zack Puff – where extremely diverse qualities meet. When on stage, these qualities exchange experiences and slowly begin to realise that there is opportunity in diversity, if forces are joined and complement each other.
Together they succeed in overcoming obstacles and discover new perspectives in even the trickiest of situations.
Three dancers, Diane Gemsch, Yamila Khodr and Fausto Izzi, will tumble their way through a colourful range of concise episodes and images. All this action will unfold while the dancers are dressed in eye-catching costumes on a stage with very distinctive props and design. And because this is a dance performance that kids will also enjoy, the props include balloons and heaps of paper – so much paper that after the kids leave the theatre and go home, they will surely be inspired to use paper to create their own game.
Mafalda is directed by the choreographer Teresa Rotemberg. At times the company’s performances are narrative and at times abstract, but they are always entertaining. The company combines sophisticated, often highly virtuous dance elements with all kinds of theatrical devices. Funny and poetic images are always present and in most of their performances, comedy and tragedy are often close to one another.
The company constantly brings forward the theme of the acceptance of diversity and change. Although its creations are designed to appear lightweight and ironic, they repeatedly deal with the big questions of our life so they are perfect vehicles to get kids thinking while also having fun.
The 50-minute performance is suitable for children over three-years-old. For people wanting to go from Nicosia there will be free transport from and to the Cyprus Handicraft Centre on Athalassa Avenue. The bus will leave at 5.45pm. To book your place call 99-420642.
Zick Zack Puff
Dance performance by the Mafalda dance company as part of the 21st Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 30. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 7pm. €5/ free for children. Tel: 77-777745