This week the Cape Cultural Collective launches an exciting dance video showcasing the amazing talents of five young dancers. The video features four young dancers from the Likhwezi Arts project, and contemporary dancer Darion Adams.
The Likhwezi dancers are Simamkele Makeleni, Zenande Boyce, Chulumanco Makeleni and Lisanda Lomntu.
Contemporary dancer Darion trained and has worked extensively with Jazzart. He is an accomplished dancer and is committed to developing the talents of young people in his community.
The dance video is one of three produced by the CCC in recent months. Our music video has been released and a poetry video will be released in the new year.
The Likhwezi Arts Project was established in 2004 and is headed by Pamela Mtati. She has trained many young dancers from Gugulethu, Nyanga and elsewhere.
Pamela Mtati said they appreciated the opportunity to showcase their dance talents and collaborate with the CCC.
“It was an indescribable experience. It’s a rare thing for us to have a professional video of our performances, we usually just shoot the dance with our phones. We’re definitely looking forward to future collaborations,” she said.
The CCC believes that dance is a universal aspect of our human experience and expresses the whole range of human emotion, and crucially, builds social connections.
“The video was filmed at Rhodes Memorial, forming an exciting contrast between the dancers and the harsh stone of the building. Watching the talented young dancers was exciting,” said project manager Kay Jaffer.
“We are increasingly combining community development initiatives with high quality, professional efforts. There’s so much talent, and performers deserve to have their work showcased properly.”
issued by the Cape Cultural Collective