Detour Urban Dance Festival is showing the documentary "The African Cypher" as a pre-event for the Pantasula Workshop the 12th.Sep. with DRS from South Africa.
Any funds donated this evening will go to the films co - owners and the dancers in the movie.
Where: Steel House Copenhagen
We have two showings:
Limited seating - 25 people per screening:
To reserve a ticket write on the wall with the amount of tickets you would like, and the time.
About the documentary:
"I dance as if I have a gun to my head"
- Mada Sthembiso, Shakers&Movers isiPantsula crew, Soweto - South Africa
The African Cypher is the birth place of ritual, celebration, council, story-telling and dance.
Street dance in South Africa is a complex, convoluted underworld; that, like most sub-cultures, exists as a sum of its participants.
"In Mapetla, Soweto if you steal phones and hand bags you will not live long. The community will kill you.
If you do a heist, they will tell the police you are not there."
Prince tells me this as we walk back to Mada’s place from the shisa nyama. (an informal outdoor fire where you can buy some meat to cook yourself and drink a beer.)
Prince is a pantsula. He used to be a tsotsi, a gangster, a thug. Today he walks his streets with pride; he is a pantsula dancer and a little bit famous.
Tom London from Soweto’s Finest says,
“When we dance we find purpose with our bodies”.
Prince, strolling down the dusty street with his fluid movement, a little trouble in his hat and a slight swagger, is perhaps the embodiment of that sentiment.
When he dances on the street corner with Mada; the kids, the tsotsi’s, the mama’s, the unemployed and the hustlers all stop to watch him. I always wonder how it must feel to have that power residing right inside you. No props, no burning hoops – nothing.
Whatever this dance thing is. It is beautiful, part circus/part soul. No matter the context or style.
We all ultimately dance for an audience of one.
THE FILM IS CO-OWNED BY THE DANCERS, SO PLEASE CONSIDER THE BUY
OPTION AS ANY FUNDS WE RECEIVE HELP US ALL TO CONTINUE LIVING OUR PASSIONS.
Shakers&Movers, Soweto :: Real Actions, Orange Farm :: Red for Danger, Mohtlakeng :: Artistic Intelligence , Jozi :: Afro Tribal, Soweto :: Ubuntu BBoys, Cape Town :: RFK, Cape Town :: Genesis Kings, Durban
Director - Bryan Little
Producer - Filipa Domingues
DOP - Grant Appleton
2nd cam - Alexia Webster
Editor - Grant Birch
Music composition + Sound Design - Simon Kohler