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PRESS: Figure of 8 Dance Collective brings EMBODY YOU to The Drama Factory

Christine Skinner


The award-winning dancer-choreographic duo Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf alongside their company Figure of 8 Dance Collective is coming to the Drama Factory Theatre with their acclaimed production EMBODY YOU. It will be performed at The Drama Factory from 4 to 7 May 2023.

EMBODY YOU is a choreographic display of the physical body’s role and function in what makes us human, explored through the use of contemporary dance.

A raw and thought-provoking work that zooms in on the notions of: Are we just our bodies? What is self? What makes us human? Every day we experience the body differently, in some cases good and other bad. How we deal with these experiences raise interesting questions about who we are, why we are like that and is that truly us or just the body that the world created for us - questions that are essentially timeless.

Praise for the show has included:

'Grant and Shaun and the company present a magnificent piece of work. Innovative, surprising, entertaining and beautifully executed. I loved every minute of it. Don’t miss this one' - Hendrik Skilpad - David Kramer

SENSATIONAL EMBODY YOU: the latest production by Grant Van Ster and Shaun Oelf from Figure Of 8 Dance Collective, opened at The Baxter last night, 27 July, to thunderous applause and a resounding standing ovation. Guests described this latest instalment by the uber talented duo and cast, as ‘brilliant’, ‘genius’ and ‘wow, wow, wow.’ It is simply sensational.' - Fahiem Stellenboom

'My daughter booked for this show today Shaun Oelf & Grant van Ster 'Embody You' - choreography(in collaboration with all the dancers). GENIUS. THE DEPTH. THE DANCE. MY HEART.' - Tracey Carmelita Heeger

'EMBODY ME! OMW! OMG! GENIUS! Congratulations Grant Van Ster, Shaun Oelf and Figure of 8 Dance Collective! This is world class material deserving of a longer run and huge audiences. It is powerful, thought- provoking, mesmerizing dance performed by 5 hugely gifted dancers! Clapping loudly, bowing low! If you missed it SMACK yourself!!' - Di Fincham

'Embody You' is such a powerful and moving piece of work. The dancers are breathtaking and they manage to take you on what feels like a rollercoaster ride. Today is your last chance to witness the magic that is Grant and Shaun's work! What a cast! Seriously. You will not be disappointed!' - Bianca Flanders Balie

'A huge congratulations to the team over at Figure Of 8 Dance Collective on their opening of EMBODY YOU. Get yourself to the Baxter Theatre for this limited run. We loved it!' - Oscar O'Ryan, Photographer & Co-Founder Darkroom

''HUGE Congratulations Grant , Shaun. Carin Bester , Benever Arendse , Marie Vogts and your entire creative team . On a absolutely must experience. I sat up straight in my chair the entire time going through every feeling and emotion and acknowledgement that my head heart and spirit could take . I just didn't want it to end because it felt like medicine. I really want to experience this again.' - Shihaam Domingo

'How We Loved Everything About Tonight Grant, Shaun, Crystal, Jay-Dee, Lubabalo and Keenun ... We smiled, and laughed throughout the extreme creativity of the choreography' - Kim Travice

'Still can't get over how amazing this show was' - Amy Ivanah Du-Plooy 

EMBODY YOU  will be performed at The Drama Factory from 4 to 7 May.

The creative team is: Artistic Direction: FO8 | Grant Van Ster and Shaun Oelf Choreography: Shaun Oelf, Grant Van Ster and Cast Figure of 8 Dance Collective Company.

Set Design: Carin Bester

Puppetry Consultant: Craig Leo

Lighting Design: Benever Arendse

Figure of 8 Manager & Stage Manager: Marie Vogts

Music Sound Editor: Shaun Oelf

Tickets cost R150 / R130

Evening performances are at 19h30 on 4, 5 and 6 May at 19h30. There is a matinee performance at 4pm on Sunday 7 May. Bookings can be made at

For enquiries contact 073 215 2290.

With its fully licensed bar and cosy, welcoming atmosphere, The Drama Factory is the perfect venue to enjoy top-quality entertainment with a group of friends or family. The solar-powered invertor ensures the show will always go on, even when there is load-shedding!

Make a staycation of a visit to The Drama Factory, booking in with one of their wonderful accommodation partners. Spend the night at The Views Guesthouse, 185 on Beach or Majorca House to enjoy the beauty and many other activities on offer in the surrounding Helderberg region. Visit the website for further details.

The Drama Factory is situated at 10 Comprop Sq, Henry Vos Close, Asla Business Park, Strand, Western Cape. Parking is available at the venue.


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