Indoni strives to resuscitate parks

2019-04-16 06:01
Lusindiso Dibela and Litha Makanda      PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku

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Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy from Pinelands is taking its performances to communities, to inspire youth and showcase the young talent to its own people.

Their journey started at Nantes Park in Athlone on Sunday 7 April when 21 of its students, along with its outreaches from various communities, left residents in awe with their diverse performances.

The academy offers a variety of art genres such as indigenous dance, marimba, drumming, visual art and drama. It also has outreach initiatives that are run by the senior students as part of giving back to their communities including Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Langa, Kraaifontein and other areas.

The initiatives consist of children between the ages of six and 17, with a passion for art.

Managing director Jennifer van Papendorp says they normally have performances in theatres, but they decided to come out to the people and target parks so to revive them. “Parks are no longer considered safe spaces because they are kind of neglected, no one visits them. We want to bring back the meaning of the parks, where people can meet and socialise. They used to be a safe space but due to a lot of things happening, they are now neglected.”

She says they wanted to show people that parks can be used for the benefit of the communities, whether in a collective initiative or by individuals.

The next performances are scheduled to take place at Khayelitsha Wetlands on Saturday 27 April and at Green Point Park on Wednesday 1 May.

According to Van Papendorp, the initiatives are funded through the sponsorships and their loyal mentors.

Amanda Guma from Langa, one of the students that run a community outreach, says they are honoured to be able to show off their talents outside theatres. She hopes the move will inspire other young people to take art seriously, mostly the contemporary dance which she says is not popular in the less privileged communities.

“Not everyone can afford to go see us in theatres and some do not even have broader knowledge about art, so today we are happy to see that people are interested in what we do and are here to support us.”

Another student Lusindiso Dibela says he hopes the audience learned there is more to dance, and that it is more than just the body movements but also about “critical thinking, creativity, respect, self-discipline and confidence.”

One of the children from Hout Bay, Sange Gulwa says she enjoyed the day and learned more about performing in front of an audience. Gulwa says she wishes there could be more platforms to showcase what they learned at their practises and keeping them busy when not at school.V To find out more about making a donation call 083 5566 054.

Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy from Pinelands is taking its performances to communities, to inspire youth and showcase the young talent to its own people.

Their journey started at Nantes Park in Athlone on Sunday 7 April when 21 of its students, along with its outreaches from various communities, left residents in awe with their diverse performances.

The academy offers a variety of art genres such as indigenous dance, marimba, drumming, visual art and drama. It also has outreach initiatives that are run by the senior students as part of giving back to their communities including Hout Bay, Khayelitsha, Langa, Kraaifontein and other areas.

The initiatives consist of children between the ages of six and 17, with a passion for art.

Managing director Jennifer van Papendorp says they normally have performances in theatres, but they decided to come out to the people and target parks so to revive them. “Parks are no longer considered safe spaces because they are kind of neglected, no one visits them. We want to bring back the meaning of the parks, where people can meet and socialise. They used to be a safe space but due to a lot of things happening, they are now neglected.”

She says they wanted to show people that parks can be used for the benefit of the communities, whether in a collective initiative or by individuals.

The next performances are scheduled to take place at Khayelitsha Wetlands on Saturday 27 April and at Green Point Park on Wednesday 1 May.

According to Van Papendorp, the initiatives are funded through the sponsorships and their loyal mentors.

Amanda Guma from Langa, one of the students that run a community outreach, says they are honoured to be able to show off their talents outside theatres. She hopes the move will inspire other young people to take art seriously, mostly the contemporary dance which she says is not popular in the less privileged communities.

“Not everyone can afford to go see us in theatres and some do not even have broader knowledge about art, so today we are happy to see that people are interested in what we do and are here to support us.”

Another student Lusindiso Dibela says he hopes the audience learned there is more to dance, and that it is more than just the body movements but also about “critical thinking, creativity, respect, self-discipline and confidence.”

One of the children from Hout Bay, Sange Gulwa says she enjoyed the day and learned more about performing in front of an audience. Gulwa says she wishes there could be more platforms to showcase what they learned at their practises and keeping them busy when not at school.V To find out more about making a donation call 083 5566 054.

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