Punching holes in patriotism

2010-06-05 10:25

Walking into the Market Theatre a pile of people was heaped on top

of each other.

Not sure if the one at the bottom could breathe, the audience

took its seat swiftly before shouts of “Ichuu!” and “Eina!” erupted.

It was quite a start for the upbeat contemporary dance show Off

Side Rules.

Perhaps this introduction by Argentinian director and choreographer

Constanza Macras intended to illustrate the battles that we’ve faced since being

awarded the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The ever-mushrooming road constructions, xenophobia and the talking

point that is crime.

The cast of nine perform songs, dances and some

entertaining solos.

Three of the performers are from Macras’s company – and they were


Tatiana Eva Saphir in particular caught the crowd’s attention with

her bold semi-nude solo performance.

Local Dikeledi Modubu impressed with her versatile voice. She knit

the show together – from the multiple dance to drum routines (which got too

loud, swallowing the tap dance routine of John Sithole – once a member of Africa


Her take on the late Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special was


But nothing resonated “spectacular” when we left the theatre.

What the production did was point out the problems South Africa has

without featuring the good.

Seeing as Macras and company have jumped onto the World Cup

bandwagon themselves, there’s no reason for them not to encourage patriotism.


course, it’s easier to point out mistakes than to offer solutions.

The Off Side

Rules is on until tomorrow.

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