“…If I can see it, then I can do it/ If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it…” The words of R. Kelly’s beautiful hit song, I Believe I Can Fly, make me reflect on the meaning and transformation Alfred Hinkel and John Linden have brought to so many young dancers’ lives over the years. Their latest protégés are in a league of their own. Garage dance company members Adelaide Majoor, Byron Klassen, Farroll Coetzee and Dustin Jannetjies produced a ‘mind-blowing’ performance at the opening of the 12th annual Baxter Dance Festival on 6 October 2016 with a performance of John Linden’s The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (25 years after its premiere as Shortstorees by Jazzart Dance Theatre) and Alfred Hinkel’s Bolero (a 40th-anniversary revival of the acclaimed piece). Taking the stage with seasoned dancers Levern Botha and Ciara Barron, the group represented three generations of former trainees, essentially, who have developed their artistic talents under the guidance of this formidable team of South African dance mentors and choreographers.
‘What a privilege it was being in the audience last night at the opening of the Baxter Theatre’s Dance Festival. A magical evening of dance, many congratulations to Alfred, John and your beautiful dancers.’
– Philip Boyd
*The 12th annual Baxter Dance Festival runs at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town until 15 October. Visit baxter.co.za or see the attached programme for more details.
Photographs: Ruth Smith