Dada Masilo – South African great star with partiality for classic

By on March 13, 2019
John Hogg

In 2014, she hit the Stockholm public with her explosive interpretation of “Swan Lake”. Now comes the South African choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo back to Dansens Hus. In Giselle, the great star Dada Masilo has found a new classic to dissect and twist.

With Dada Masilo’s glasses, the 1800s ballet “Giselle” becomes an updated fairy tale – a rowdy, grand adventure about crushed hearts, anger and revenge. Or as she herself says “It will NOT be a pretty ballet”.

Dada Masilo was born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. She began her career studying dance at the Johannesburg Dance Factory and at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. After one year of studying at the Jazzart Dance Theater in Cape Town, she went on to the legendary school P.A.R.T.S. o Belgium. After that, Masilo returned to South Africa in 2006 and began to create her own works there. Since then, her career has gone nail upwards and today she is touring the world around with her works.

Dada Masilo has a great love for all kinds of classics, both Shakespeare and Tchaikovsky, from ballet to flamenco. As a dancer she has become known for her distinctive style, and as a choreographer for her brave choices to take on great classic stories and impregnate them with her own culture and history.

Giselle is Dada Masilo’s fourth interpretation of a great classic. First out was Romeo and Julia (2008) – an ambitious project for the then only 23-year-old Masilo. In 2009 she made Carmen and 2010 Swan lake, which was presented in 2014 at Dansens Hus for a enthusiastic audience.

Masilo has engaged South African composer Philip Miller to make a musical landscape with both classical harp and cello as well as African percussion and songs. Inspired by Adolphe Adam’s original music.

The dancers are all South African artists, several of whom participated in the Swan Lake in 2014. On the stage, in title role, Dada dances with her fascinating and highly distinctive style.

Dada Masilo: “Giselle”
March 15-16, 2019, Dansens Hus big stage

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