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The pantsula is an extremely dynamic dance form that emerged in South African townships during the apartheid era. A new culture rapidly developed around the extremely rapid, skillful sequences of steps featuring a variety of complex micro-rhythms. In The Ecstatic, Impilo Mapantsula, a South African organisation supporting the legacy of the pantsula, links it to another dance tradition that was a feature when American choreographer Jeremy Nedd was growing up: the praise break. This is a type of praise that is the climax in Afro-American Pentecostal church services and exuberantly combines dancing, voices and music to the point of blurring the diff erence between the ecstatic and the cathartic. Playing with curtains in the stage design The Ecstatic evokes church architecture and stresses the literal meaning of “break”. Time is suspended during which six dancers combine the aesthetics of the pantsula and praise break, exploring the movements leading up to the latter in order to discover a new space of their own.
Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project
Concept/Choreography: Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula
Performance/Choreography: Kgotsofalang Moshe Mavundla, Tommy Tee Motsapi,
Bonakele Mambotjie Masethi, Sicelo Malume ka Xaba, Sello Zilo Modiga, Vusi 2.2 Mdoyi
Technic and light: Thomas Giger
Stage: Laura Knüsel
Music/Composition: Xzavier Stone & Modulaw
Audiodesign: Fabrizio Di Salvo
Head of production Switzerland Touring: Ursula Haas, Pascal Moor
Head of production South Africa: Daniela Goeller
Dramaturgy: Anta Helena Recke
Production assistance: Kihako Narisawa, Lucas Del Rio Estevez
Outside Eye: Deborah Joyce Holman, Maximilian Hanisch
Co-production: Kaserne Basel, Arsenic Lausanne, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau
Council, Südkulturfonds, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley
Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler-Stiftung, Schweizer
Interpretenstiftung, Wilhelm und Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung
Sicelo Xaba is a dancer, choreographer and director of Red for Danger Pantsulas. He was born in 1977 in Johannesburg and lives and works in Mohlakeng, West Rand. As the leader of one of the oldest active pantsula crews, Sicelo has a broad knowledge and understanding of the history of pantsula dance and culture that has earned him a lot of respect in the pantsula community. He shares his knowledge in the form of public speeches, called “umrhabulo”, and in form of dance training and workshops in South Africa and abroad. Beside his experience as a dancer, choreographer, artistic and administrational director of Red for Danger Pantsulas, Sicelo is a very talented poet, writer, and theatre director with a great passion for books. Sicelo has been invited to dance in festivals and theatres around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York. He is an undisputed expert of pantsula dance and culture and one of its most competent and authentic representatives.
Vusi Mdoyi is a dancer, choreographer and director of VAP - Vusi Arts Projects. He was born in 1980 in Johannesburg and lives and works in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni. As a dancer and later co-director and choreographer of the multidisciplinary community dance crew Via Katlehong, Vusi has toured his pieces in the world for more than 20 years and performed on many major stages in Europe, US, Africa and Re-union Ireland. He is a talented, very passionate and versatile artist and performer, and he has experience in teaching Pantsula, gumboots, tap_pantsula-dance, and has collaborated with various artists internationally. Beside his experience as a dancer, choreographer, artistic and administrational director of Via Katlehong and Vusi Arts Pro, he is also a graduate of Wits Business School. Vusi is a visionary choreographer, artistic director, mentor, talent scout who is able to inspire and unite people in the creative process.
Sello Modiga is a dancer, choreographer and director of Real Actions Pantsula. He was born in 1980 in Johannesburg and lives and works in Orange Farm, Sedibeng. Under Sello’s leadership, Real Actions Pantsula has developed into one of the most successful pantsula dance crews in South Africa and toured in Europe and the US. Beside his experience as a dancer, choreographer, artistic and administrational director of Real Actions Pantsula, Sello has been organizing, judging and participating in dance battles internationally. Sello is passionate and talented teacher and has solid international experience in giving pantsula dance workshops for all audiences. He has mastered different pantsula styles and other street dances like hip-hop, house, or Chicago footwork, and can explain the specific characteristics and the historical development and significance of the pantsula movements.
Thomas Motsapi was born in 1986 and started dancing in 1999 as an extra moral activity and a passion, Thomas is an Award winning dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and a Director of V.I.P’s Vaal Important Pantsula’s from Vaal Triangle (Sedibeng) and a founder of Tommy T Entertainment. He also specializes in Isipantsula, township dance, gumboots and tap dance. As a dancer, choreographer, teacher he had international successful engagements in Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey… He is a current member, coordinator, choreographer and a teacher of Impilo Mapantsula Association SA.
Kgotsofalang Moshe is born in 1991 and grew up in the dusty streets of Vosloorus Township. He started his professional dance career as a dancer later a choreographer and a teacher at Ezomdabu Young Entertainment for more than a decade, toured with the company then later he joined Moving Into Dance Mophatong institution for 3 years after his Contemporary Performing Art Course, later featured in works from companies and choreographers, choreographed, taught and facilitated classes and workshops across SA provinces from the Schools to communities. Kgotso choreographed contemporary pieces titled Omang ( who are you), If Cant Convince Them, Confuse Them, Next Page during So Solo Festival and Dance Umbrella International Festival, Thunya Lerole Dane Exposition and Grahamstown International Festival. Currently he joined VAP – Vusi Arts Projects as his management structure and also as teacher, facilitator, choreographer for the company. Kgotso has recently co- choreographed “ Rooted in Jozi” for Impilo Mapantsula which was commissioned and invited during McKnight Fellowship International Choreographers 2018 in US at Minnesota, Minneapolis .
Bonakele Masethi is a 35 year old pantsula dancer, choreographer, pantsula jive teacher, a secretary at Red For Danger isiPantsula Dance Organization based in Mohlakeng and the director of ISIPANTSULA PRO. He is currently teaching isiPantsula jive at primary schools around the west rand region since 2013 and collaborated with various artists in the arts sector in and around the country and choreographed for the Gauteng Carnival.