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OYO brings you ‘Ever Since Helen’

Rodney Isaac and Laurel Gaff feature in the show ‘Ever since Helen’, by Philippe Talavera, a thought provoking piece that focuses on Gender Violence and all its associated evils.

Rodney Isaac and Laurel Gaff feature in the show ‘Ever since Helen’, by Philippe Talavera, a thought provoking piece that focuses on Gender Violence and all its associated evils.

The OYO Dance Troupe this week announced their new show, Ever Since Helen, which explores the roots of jealousy, the games people play with each others feelings and the results of people not able to deal with their emotions.
OYO Dance Troupe will only have one public performance of Ever since Helen, which will be on 28 August 2014, at the Khomasdal Community Hall, starting at 19:00.
Ever Since Helen tells the story of a young man (Rodney Isaac), who cheats on his girlfriend (Maryn Bjorndahl) with another woman (Laurel Gaff). Because of this betrayal the girlfriend decides to find solace in the arms of her best friend (Anderson Tsowoseb).
 This quadrangle turns bad as feelings of jealousy and rejection start to surface.
 The OYO Dance Troupe is joined this time by an international cast, with Charlotte Cooper, Laurel Gaff and Freya Jones from England, Amy Stevenson from Scotland, Mary Bjorndahl and Spencer McRae from Canada.  Choreographer and script writer, Philippe Talavera, said their guest dancers have created beautiful solo pieces, therefore they used them as starting points for many of their scenes.

He added that the solos make the piece unique, as the various styles of the dancers have been integrated. Talavera got inspired by the Greek mythology, Helen of Troy, married to Menelaus, later absconding with Paris, which ultimately led to the Trojan war.
 “But can death, your own, of the person you pretend to love and of others be the result of love? Can killing someone ever be justified?
These are the questions ‘Ever Since Helen’, asks of its audience. This project is made possible thanks to the support from the Goethe Centre and the entrance is free of charge.  For more information contact Karolina at 061 252915.

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