PULP on stage at Galloway

Underground Dance Theatre, the company known for its innovative style blending contemporary dance, South African dance theatre and physical theatre, will perform PULP from Wednesday July 20 to Saturday July 23 at the Galloway Theatre at the V&A Waterfront.

A marriage of film noir meets dance theatre, PULP is the company’s most intimate work yet.

The production begins in a hazy dream, a silent movie where bodies hide secrets. Mysterious beauty, dark comedy, and seat-shifting tension all co-exist within a work that follows the peculiar logic of dream.

Like the iconic film noir private detective navigating a morally ambiguous, labyrinthine city populated by femme fatales, mobsters and suspicious housewives, so must the audience navigate the world that is presented to them in PULP, searching for clues, gathering evidence, and perhaps preparing an alibi as they deal with their own demons.

“This is our most intriguing work yet,” says co-creator, Steven van Wyk. “It also references jazz dance and musicals and is a pastiche of film noir history. PULP is a world that’s dark, delicious, dangerous and very exciting – come share the journey with us.”

The show is created and performed by Van Wyk, (Fleur du Cap nominee, Best Actor in a Musical in Singin’ in the Rain), Thalia Laric (who starred in Nicola Elliott’s Run! and numerous productions with First Physical Theatre) and Cilna Katzke (who was seen in Sean Bovim’s Tango Nights, iKapa’s Stadium and various productions with Cape Town City Ballet).

Costumes are by Hilette Stapelberg (a Fleur du Cap winner for The Tradgecy of Richard III) and voice work is with Richard Wright (Black Sails).

Underground Theatre Company was established in 2010 by a collective of artists to explore new performance styles and create progressive, entertaining works that are relevant to contemporary South Africa. Their other work includes Bok, LoveZero, Plastic and Eyes Close with Pinata.

Tickets cost from R90 to R120 and can be booked at www.waterfronttheatreschool.co.za