Adéle Blank

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Adéle Blank (1944-) Choreographer and dance instructor.

Biography

Youth

Training

Trained, performed, choreographed and taught extensively in classical ballet and contemporary dance both locally and abroad.


Career

Was Principal of the Dance Department at the Performing Arts Workshop and Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre Company (1984-1987), founder and director of the Free Flight Dance Company (1987-) in Johannesburg. Later moved to Cape Town with an offshoot of Freeflight, working with Cape Town City Ballet, Dance for All, Jikeleza and various other dance communities and projects and has continuous involvement in corporate productions and with the Cape Town Opera and Zip Zap Circus.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Her involvement as choreographer for theatre productions includes works such as Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Leader of the Pack, King Afrika, Ipi 'n tombi, Grease, Rage in a Cage, Kismet, Little Shop of Horrors, Sex, Tango and Everything Else, Blood Wedding (2005), Soweto Story (Deon Opperman, 2007, with Siphiwe 'Supa' Zungu). Has also done various compilation musicals, pantomimes with directors such as Janice Honeyman, Ian von Memerty and much work with Black musical groups and jazz exponents.

Awards, etc

Sources

NELM catalogue.

Scenaria, 3(87), 1988.

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