NC group on show in Grahamstown

2018-06-13 06:02
The Amandla Danca Teatro’s last show, Umangaliso The Miracle, was seen in the Mayibuye Centre on Sunday, 25 May.Photos: Boipelo Mere

The Amandla Danca Teatro’s last show, Umangaliso The Miracle, was seen in the Mayibuye Centre on Sunday, 25 May.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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“We want to show the world that we in the Northern Cape have potential and talent. We will gain that respect,” said Monwabisi Banjiwe, co-direc­tor of the local Amandla Danca Teatro that is heading to the internationally-renowned Grahamstown Arts Festival next month.

The group is looking forward to showcasing their musical production Emathongeni to an international level.

“We would have loved to take the whole group to participate throughout the whole five days, but unfortunately the venues and stage have a limited capacity,” said Banjiwe.

The cast consists of learners and unemployed youth from in and around Galeshewe who participate in singing, playing instruments, dancing, acting and reading.

At least 60 of the 166 members in the group hope to board the bus to Grahams­town on 3 July and return on 9 July.

They are confident that they are ready to perform in a fully fledged theatre for the first time since their formation eight years ago.

“We have never performed in a theatre before, except in gymnasiums with lights, but our spirits are not dampened by that.

“We are hoping to use the opportunity of the rehearsal show upon arrival in Grahams­town to our best advantage,” he said.

They still need funds to cover transport, accommodation and meals for their six days and six nights stay in Grahamstown.

According to the director they also aim to give the children in the group, aged from eight to 21 years, countrywide and international exposure from a young age.

“We are hosting local performances in an effort to raise funds towards the trip.”

Amandla Danca Teatro will host a farewell performance on Sunday, 1 July, at Galeshewe’s Mayibuye Centre.

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