Creating awareness through dance

2016-11-16 06:01


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A TOTAL of 25 young people, specialising in contemporary dance contact improvisation, will be performing at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum tomorrow to create awareness about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

They were part of a series of workshops hosted by world renowned dance teacher and instructor, Bernd Knappe from Germany during his visit to South Africa in August to teach this dance technique.

Contact improvisation is a shapeless under-toned movement practise, where people get lost in sensations and unclear boundaries.

Lwazi Nsele, Black Rock Management director, who is co-ordinating the dance showcase, in partnership with Skhebhe KaMhloli Trading and Projects, said the theme of the dance showcase will focus on drug abuse.

“Dance is a universal language around the world. Through this showcase we want to educate and engage the audience on the scourge of drug abuse that is terrorising communities and as a result leading to acts of violence against our women and children.

“We hold fundamental beliefs that a dance movement like this one can bring about change and influence people positively.”

Nsele said they also want to attract young people to join this dance revolution to get away from a life of crime.

“Knappe is keen on coming back to the country to facilitate more workshops on contact improvisation. When he was here he loved the enthusiasm and energy of the group he taught.”

He said they have invited victims of drugs to be part of the showcase and an open dialogue that will be held on the day.

“We will have an informal programme to address the issue of drugs and how it is impacting on our communities. We have also invited organisations like the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the police and doctors to share their expertise on how we can cleanse the community of drugs,” he said.

The dance showcase will start at 10am to 2pm. Entry to the museum is free. To book a seat, contact Lwazi Nsele on 076 043 8169 or Skhumbuzo Dlamini on 079 287 3763.


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