is alive and well
and living and teaching in Okiep / Springbok
clip (17 secs) and full audio interview with Alfred Hinkel (25
avalable lower down.
renowned choreographer and contemporary dance teacher,
Alfred Hinkel, is on "semi-retirement" back in the
area where he taught in the seventies, Okiep and Nababeep, in Northern Namaqualand, where he is busy
establishing a contemporary dance studio. Having been
Artistic Director of the well-known Jazzart Dance Theatre in
Cape Town from 1986 till recently, Alfred has seen a number of
dancers through their developmental years that have found their
position in the international arena.
is seen here at his house in Okiep in close attendance to a
group of dancers preparing for a show in the Baxter Theatre in
Cape Town, which he hopes will also end up in Grahamstown and at
With him in the photo above is
Ulrich, and on the sides the 3 dancers who was dancing for
NAMJIVE, another dance company that had to be disseminated.
Christopher (right) and Ilse (bottom left) have both undergone
training with Alfred at the Jazzart Dance Theatre in Cape Town.
Click on the video
below to see a sneak preview of the current production that they
are working on. ( 17 secs )
holdup at the moment is the difficulties that Alfred experiences in
obtaining a business license from the Nama Khoi Municipality to build
the studio and professional dance floor on his property in Okiep.
His application has been waiting for
approval since early this year. There is no definite answer on enquiry as
to what causes the delay.
Click below to listen to the
interview that we had with Alfred in Okiep on