Promoting togetherness with a play

2018-11-27 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThe cast of multi-national collaborative company of dancers and musicians from KwaZulu Natal, Cameroon, Kenya Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana rehearsing for the upcoming show called Dance Africa Dance.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThe cast of multi-national collaborative company of dancers and musicians from KwaZulu Natal, Cameroon, Kenya Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana rehearsing for the upcoming show called Dance Africa Dance.

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THE ever so vibrant large scale musical theatre production, Dance Africa Dance (DAD) is going to be staged at the Playhouse from November 20 to 22.

The founder of DAD, Sfiso Mthethwa said that the purpose of this production is to celebrate Africa’s achievements through music, dance and storytelling.

“It’s about combining different cultures of Africa while celebrating African music, dance and telling African stories in live performances,” he said.

Mthethwa explained why he thought of this production: “I used to live in Brooklyn, New York and while passing by downtown Manhattan I would see African dance studios then asked myself ‘What can we do to combine and celebrate such reach yet diverse African cultures?’ and the answer was ‘Dance Africa Dance’.”

He said that the play has a cast of multi-national collaborative company of dancers and musicians from KwaZulu Natal, Cameroon, Kenya Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana.

“As I’m a South African I didn’t have an idea on other cultures and in order for the production to truly portray different cultures, other African dancers had to be physically participating confirming the objectives of the production,” said Mthethwa.

The founder said that it’s important for people to attend the play at the Playhouse as it discourages xenophobia while promoting African unity.

“I encourage people to come and see it as they will be entertained with energetic dances, diverse cultures, songs and telling stories from East, West, North and South,” he said.

In conclusion Mthethwa said this production also ensures that peace and security within Africa is promoted.

“We should come together as Africans and celebrate each other rather than discriminating one another,” he said.

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