The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents ‘Run!’ choreographed by Nicola Elliott, winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, from Wednesday, February 11th to Saturday, February 14th at 8pm.

The forty minute long performance takes place in Hiddingh Hall at UCT’s Hiddingh campus in Gardens, Cape Town.

With a simmering undercurrent of feminist politics, meticulous performance crafting and bold visual statements, ‘Run!’ subverts the notion of women as (only) soft and fragile and, in both a concrete and abstract way, engages the complex relationship between the female performer and the space and place of the stage.

The unconventional and thought provoking ‘Run!’ premieres in Cape Town after a successful season at the National Arts Festival in 2013 where it received much attention. Gayle Edmunds writing for the City Press describes it as “a piece of dance theatre that requires brain engagement and active interpretation……it is energetic, the dancers are incredible athletes, the accompanying music is masterfully executed – but the movement isn’t easy…Elliott’s choreography goes so far as to question the movement constraints she is using to question the societal constraints.” 

Elliott’s choreographic signature is known for intellectual rigour, wit and irony and her aesthetic favours bold juxtaposition, detailed performance crafting and starkness. ‘Run!’ was nominated for two KykNet Fiesta Awards for Dance in the Best Choreography and Best Original Score categories for 2013.

The cast includes Jori Snell, Thalia Laric, Adriana Jamisse, Ciara Barron and Julia de Rosenwerth, and features pianist Mareli Stolp performing a commissioned score by Braam du Toit.

The opening night performance on February 11th will be followed by a panel discussion including the choreographer, members of the cast, and chaired by researcher Alan Parker.

The work, presented by GIPCA, continues to be funded by the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC). It was first supported by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective and first presented by the National Arts Festival.

Tickets are pay-as-you-wish with proceeds going directly to the artist and project costs. Due to limited seating, booking is essential.

For bookings and further information, please contact GIPCA on + 27 21 480 7156 or

Start: 11 Feb ’15

End: 14 Feb ’15


Organizer: GIPCA


Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 480 7156

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa