FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY can be found in the heart of the East coast of South Africa in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is nestled in the heart of the warm ocean facing city of Durban. Its geographical location is important to FLATFOOT as this sense of place is what offers a unique flavour to this South African contemporary dance company. Often working with memory and history, FLATFOOT has developed a unique identity as a contemporary South African dance company that is known to offer politically and socially charged dance theatre work.
Working from a contemporary based training that includes, Graham, Hawkins, Horton and Release Technique, the company also does ballet class once a week and has a strong pull from the traditional African dance forms that are located in KwaZulu-Natal. Unique to FLATFOOT is the ability of the resident professional dancers to traverse both an African traditional dance idiom and then step into strong contemporary technique and performance.
Lliane Loots began FLATFOOT ‘unofficially’ in 1995 as a part-time training programme that aimed to offer technical contemporary dance training to any Durban based dancers who was able to make the classes. The company began with no funding and simply the good will and political and artistic impulse to offer dance training to those who has historically and economically been denied access due to the apartheid systems. The company offered small choreographic works at any and all free platforms in Durban until, in 2003, a decision was made to begin applying for funding to secure a more permanent base for some of the exceptional dancers who were coming through. In 2003 FLATFOOT began the beautiful process of becoming a professional full registered and now internationally recognised contemporary dance company. FLATFOOT supports job creation in the South Africana artistic climate by employing 7 full-time staff in the form of dancers and dance educators, and company administration, and 2 part-time dance educators. The company also employs free-lance dancers when the occasion arises.
FLATFOOT prides itself on not only offering dance theatre work that has won numerous awards, commissions and invitations from all over the world, but also on the vast amount of dance development and dance education work that they run in both rural and urban areas of KwaZulu-Natal. The initial impulse of creating FLATFOOT - the idea of growing dance and dancers - is something that the company still remains true to and they take great joy and pride in the dance developmental work that FLATFOOT is able to achieve each year.
2016 celebrated the 13th anniversary of FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY – 13 years of offering excellent in dance performance, dance training, development and education, and 13 years of growing contemporary dance in South Africa and Africa.
FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY is a Non-Profit Organisation (registration: 040-053-NPO), and is governed by a formal BOARD OF DIRECTORS to whom the Artistic Director is answerable in all financial and governance issues.
FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY would like to acknowledge the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) for capacity building support and funding in 2020