Ingulo – Via Kasi Movers

This work highlights Pantsula Arts & Culture as a contemporary Art-dance form, taking it away from the purely instant entertainment angle and points to it as a movement that’s current, authentic and which has been influenced by a rich South African historical background.

The piece aims to heal and renew, and in so doing, to honour the life of Ayanda Nondlwana (founder and leader of VKM and his long mourned friend and co-founder, Thozamile “Rocky” Mngcongo). The life force for the rest of the group and its work within the community is restored through this production.

Mount Zion – Ntaba Yezono plays a significant role as a site, pointing to the spiritual need for cleansing of the bloodshed in Makhanda, formally known as Grahamstown.

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  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Release Date: October 29, 2021 00:00 - November 13, 2021 12:00
  • Language: isiXhosa & English

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Mentor, Choreographer & Artistic conceptualization: Vusi Mdoyi
Dancer: Thanduxolo Kilani
Dancer: Athenkosi Matiwane
Dancer: Anethemba Bikitsha
Dancer: Likhaya Jack
Production assistant: Siphuxolo Nxuzulu
Artistic Producer: Katlego Gabashane

Video Produced and Edited in Makhanda by the National Arts Festival

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Via Kasi Movers is a Makhanda-based pantsula group formed in 2002 by the late Ayanda Nondlwana and Thozamile Mngcongo, also late.The group started off as a pantsula dance crew, but steadily began incorporating elements of drama into their performance. In 2004, VKM made their debut at the National Arts Festival, performing at the opening event. In 2008, they performed at the National Arts Festival Studio programme. The Via Kasi Movers have won the prize for ‘Best production’ at the Makana Drama Development Festival four times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2018). In 2013 they were finalists in ETV’s Step Up dance competition, being the only Eastern Cape dance crew. VKM aims to use dance as a way of uniting people and as a way of steering those living in townships away from negative influences such as crime, drugs and alcohol.