DUT PROFESSOR DEBBIE LUTGE CELEBRATED BY ALL
By: Bliss Ndapasowa
“To teach is to touch a life forever”.
This was the message choreographer Sfiso Majola imparted to his audience through a contemporary dance piece titled ‘Listening’ at the 2014 annual season of contemporary dance this week at The Courtyard Theatre.
The production, an assessment for DUT drama students, is a piece in this year’s dance festival currently being hosted by DUT’s drama and production studies department.
Moving with the theme ‘Reunion’, the festival is a celebration of Head of Department for Drama and Production Studies, Professor Debbie Lutge’s immense contribution as she clocks her silver jubilee with the department.
Directed by Mdu Mtshali, the production did not disappoint. With contemporary dance as the order of the day, the whole production was definitely a compelling work of art.
Dance pieces for this particular festival included ‘So tell me father’, ‘The gift’, ‘The beautiful life’, (choreographed by Mdu Mtshali), ‘The Remix’ by Mlekeleli Khuzwayo, ‘Undefined’ by Sfiso Khumalo and ‘Listening’ by Sfiso Majola.
Professor Debbie Lutge was hailed as a kind and compassionate colleague who has always been intellectually, socially and creatively engaged.
At the opening night she took it upon herself to express her deep gratitude by emphasising that her students make her who she is.
“It is not by my own doing, but the special students that give me this honour. I am very grateful for this acknowledgement,” she said.
All DUT alumni were invited to join the department in celebrating one of their most prized possessions, Professor Debbie Lutge.
Acting Dean of Faculty of Arts and Design, Dr Rene Smith and Professor Brian Pearce respectively graced the event with their presence.
In an interview, director of the festival Mdu Mtshali, said all the audience experienced is excitement. He further mentioned that he was impressed with the cast as the quality of their performances grew each day; thus as a
lecturer he feels he is doing something right.
The production runs from the 25th to the 28th of this month at the DUT Courtyard Theatre from 19:00hrs. Admission for adults iss R40 and R15 for children, pensioners and DUT students upon presentation of a student card.