Geneva-based choreographer Cindy Van Acker will be touring Southern African for the first time, and will present a performance-lecture and film screening as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creaitive Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts/Big Questions series on 10 July 2012. The tour is presented by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg.

Fractie, performed by Van Acker and Tamara Bacci, will be followed by the screening of two dance films and a short lecture. The films, based on the solos Obvie and Obtus, focus on a sober, intimate, virtuosic exploration of body movement, through a slow interaction with gravity. Fractie comprises five studies tackling the triangular relationship between sound, movement and rhythm; exploring how the stimulation of the senses can differ depending on the place given to those elements. Each study is designated a specific corporal state, a proper soundtrack and composer, a length and a particular area. Considering the organic flow of these elements in composition, both as a study and in performance, value is placed on study as the starting point as much as the finishing one.

“Van Acker’s work will appeal to those interested in the visual arts, as well as dance and performance. Within the Great Texts/Big Questions series, this is an opportunity to watch unique and innovative, and engage directly with the artist,” commented GIPCA Director, Jay Pather.

Trained in classical ballet, Cindy Van Acker first worked in the Flanders Royal Ballet, Belgium. After joining Geneva’s Grand Theatre, she began creating her own pieces in 1994, and launched into an international career with Corps 00:00 at the Geneva ADC in 2002. After the six solos, in 2011, Van Acker created a group piece for 6 dancers called Diffraction. Her choreographic scripting, which allies aesthetic gravity, minimalist movement, precise composition and electronic music, allows her to examine the connections between body and spirit, sound and rhythm with almost scientific precision.

The event is free, and no booking is necessary. Refreshments will be served from 17h00. For more information, please contact the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156 or

Cindy Van Acker audio recording available for download.

Start: 10 Jul ’12 5:00 pm

End: 10 Jul ’12 7:00 pm


Organizer: GIPCA


Venue: Hiddingh Hall 

Phone: +27 21 480 7156 

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa