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Festival of South African Dance at Harris Center

Categorized as: Performing Arts & Dance
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With more than 20 dancers and musicians, two dance companies — and two visions of South Africa — share one stage for a fascinating glimpse into life under apartheid. At times joyous, at times reflective, the Gumboots Dance Company presents Stimela — The Musical, a unique tale of rural Africans who come by train in search of work in Johannesburg, where working the mines means better wages at the cost of a life away from family. Created by Thapelo Gordon Motloung, whose Spirit and Bones was described as a “masterpiece” and an “energetic, thought-provoking and amusing musical tale” (Sowetan Live). The other half of the program features the Pantsula Dance Company, celebrating a uniquely South African style of dance that grew up on the streets under the apartheid regime. There, young men practiced for hours a day and developed a vision of a better life through dance.

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