Flatfoot Dance Company

Photography by Val Adamson

Flatfoot Downie Dance Company

FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY has a long 26-year history of working in integrated arts and is particularly well known for is now 4-year-old integrated dance programme working with dancers with Down Syndrome. Fondly referred to as the “FLATFOOT Downie Dance Company”, FLATFOOT have begun to explore and develop a partnering working/training methodology that opens up participation working with dancers living with intellectual disabilities. This unique dance programme is unprecedented in South Africa and is a celebration of the power of dance to shift lives and to negotiate difference and inclusivity. FLATFOOT has - as one of its core values - the practice of dance (in education and in performance) as a tool towards what it calls “living democracy”. This particular dance programme celebrates community across the divides of race, gender and ability.

Stand By Me

"STAND BY ME” was created and performed in 2019 on The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The work challenges the very core foundations of who we think can and should dance professionally. Aptly titled “STAND BY ME”, this dance journey is about learning to stand next to our neighbours and acknowledging their humanity.

“STAND BY ME” (2019)

Choreographed by Lliane Loots in collaboration with the dancers

Dancers: Sifiso Khumalo, Jabu Siphika, Zinhle Nzama, Siseko Duba, Charles Phillips, Karl Hebbelmann, Kevin Govender and Michaela Munro.

Lighting: Wesley Maherry

Four Letter Words

Made entirely under the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa with dancers separated from one another, and (in most parts) shot off mobile phones, “FOUR LETTER WORDS” has been made as a way to keep our connection (with each other as dancers) alive while our embodied dance work has come to a halt. Collaborating with slam poet/artist Iain ewok Robinson, who took Loots’s first ‘four letter word’ (HOPE) and wrote a whole poem made only of four-letter words – this became the soundtrack of the film and the impulse for editing and the visual choreography. Sensitively edited by Wesley Maherry, this short dance film is a brief inhalation and exhalation …

“FOUR LETTER WORDS” (2020)

Concept and Visual Choreography: Lliane Loots

Director of Photography and Editing: Wesley Maherry

Original Spoken Word and Animations: Iain ewok Robinson

Dancers and Collaborators: Sifiso Khumalo, Jabu Siphika, Zinhle Nzama, Siseko Duba, Charles Phillips, Karl Hebbelmann, Kevin Govender and Michaela Munro