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Nkululeko

The Via Katlehong Dance Company is part of the pantsula culture , born in the townships, in the 1960'-70'.

Created in 2004, Nkululeko celebrates the ten year anniversary of the abolition of apartheid. 

Press review

“Nkululeko, an unrestrained piece which celebrates ten years of freedom in South Africa, is a clever mix of various popular dances. (…) The whole piece creates a language which speaks directly to those who enter the circle. The gumboots defeated the leathers which symbolise power.” 

Marie-Christine Vernay, “Dix ans de liberté sud-africaine” (“Ten years of South African freedom”), Libération, 23-24 July 2005 (article originally in French translated in English). 

More information

https://www.charleroi-danse.be/profile/via-katlehong/

Updating: December 2013

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).

Via Katlehong Dance

Created in 1992, the Via Katlehong Dance company, led by Vusi Mdoyi, Steven Faleni and Buru Mohlabane, borrows its name of the township of Katlehong in East Rand, a deprived district which produced the pantsula counter-culture, born in the townships in the 1960s and 1970s, under the apartheid regime in South Africa. 

Like hip hop in the United States and Europe, pantsula culture is an entire lifestyle, covering fashion, music, dance, gestural and spoken codes. And like hip hop, this culture finds its place of expression in the street. 

In the 1990s, as a multiracial South Africa slowly emerged, the company continued to fight for the young people of the poor districts. The company's shows and performances mix several dances: pantsula (non-acrobatic but virtuosic kind of hip hop), tap dance (percussive taps with metal-tipped shoes), stepping (similar to the American time step) and the gumboot dance (miners' dance, done in Wellingtons, or gumboots). 

In combining these traditions, the South African company produces an energetic, festive and cheeky dance.

Sustained by a strong communal identity, Via Katlehong Dance pursues its educational, cultural and social mission to help the young people of South Africa. The company has won several international prizes (FNB Vita Dance Umbrella, Gauteng Dance Showcase, KTV Most Brilliant Achievement, Gauteng MEC Development Award, etc.) for its creations, with its new mix of pantsula and other community dances of South Africa, like the gumboot dance and stepping. 

More information

https://www.charleroi-danse.be/profile/via-katlehong/

Bibliography 

Vernay, Marie-Christine. “Danser contre la violence, les malfaiteurs et la drogue”, Libération, 21 March 2011

Vernay, Marie-Christine. “Via Katlehong fait son tapage à Paris”, Libération, 21 March, 2011 

Last updated: December 2013

Nkululeko

Choreography : Via Katlehong Pantsula, Gumboot and Tap Dancers

Interpretation : Vusi Mdoyi, Steven Faleni, Buru Mohlabane, Mandlenkosi Fanie, John Moloi, Mpho Malotana, Mokholo Motshele, Tshepo Nchabeleng, Xolani Qwabe, Thato Qofela

Technical direction : David Hlatshwayo

Other collaborations : Manageur David Mahlaba - Diffusion Damien Valette - Coordination Daniela Goeller

Duration : 66 minutes

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