'Ai' a Butoh-Ballet about the delicacy of love

Fri Mar 17, 19:00 - Tue Mar 21, 20:00

UCT Irma Stern Museum


jackï job once again raises the bar for contemporary dance performance in her new work, Ai. Meaning love in Japanese, Ai is a Butoh-Ballet, a dance performance that speaks about the impossibility of love, and the finding of it in unusual spaces.


Job joins forces with her long-time collaborator, the award-winning classical pianist, José Dias, whose talents are regularly seen with Cape Town Opera, and most recently, with Sandra Prinsloo in Masterclass.


In Ai, job develops new strands to her signature solo style and dances with acclaimed French ballet dancer, Alexandre Bourdat. Their work together directly follows Bourdat’s performance season at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.


The tour de force of Ai, however, lies in the unusual duet between jackï job and a horse called Beauty. Within their meeting, the majestic and the mundane sensitively merges, and love is re-imagined.


Ai is performed in the garden of the Irma Stern Museum. Surrounded by green, audiences can enjoy a dance with animal and human natures.


Job has been applauded for her crafting of dance with subtle and jarring, symbolic and visceral elements. She was nominated for a Naledi award and received the UCT Meritorious Award for her innovation and creativity in her ongoing dance series, And Then…

Alongside the performance, an exhibition of photographs and archival books of the series which started in 2018 can be seen at the museum.


The dance performance runs from the 17 - 21 March. Performances start at 19.00 at the UCT Irma Stern TM Museum


Performances are daily, including the Sunday and public holiday.

Tickets are R250

Limited seating available.


'Ai' a Butoh-Ballet about the delicacy of love
UCT Irma Stern Museum
21 Cecil Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700
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