Friday, 22 November 2013

Workshop in Johannesburg

For the last time this year - join us on Sunday for our second workshop at Studio Studio  - we'll be back on 2 February 2014!!!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Workshop in Johannesburg

Join us on Sunday at StudioStudio, 308 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Jeppestown for the first isiPantsula dance workshop. Enjoy dancing on the rooftops of Johannesburg!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Workshop in Paris - Pantsula meets House!

What is Pantsula-dance?

Pantsula-dance is described as a flat footed African tap-and-glide style of dance. The Zulu word “pantsula” means to “waddle like a duck" or alternatively "to walk with protruded buttocks,” which is a characteristic of the dance.

IsiPantsula-culture represented the rebellious youths in the townships and it consists of a certain fashion that goes with the dance, a certain music, a language and a lifestyle. IsiPantsula is the most important youth culture in South Africa over the past 50 years and it shaped the identity of several generations. It is mainly expressed through specific dance-steps and dress-codes. Since access to technical equipment and performance facilities was extremely limited, the competitive spirit of Pantsula was almost entirely revealed in the streets – who could dress the flashiest and who could perform the most creative dance steps.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Impilo Mapantsula

Impilo Mapantsula is a collective structure and a consciousness movement. We want to develop a solid network for AmaPantsula in South Africa, increase the exposure of the dance, improve the local working conditions, strengthen international connections, and by so doing help the dancers and companies to develop and professionalize their art. Our aim is to unite all the people who want to share and promote IsiPantsula dance and culture.

Impilo Mapantsula was founded in 2012 by Vusi Mdoyi (dancer/choreographer, co-director of Via Katlehong), Sello Modiga (dancer/choreographer, director of Real Actions Pantsula), Joshua Mokoena (dancer/choreographer, director of Ezomdabu Young Entertainers) and Sicelo Xaba (dancer/choreographer, director of Red For Danger Pantsulas) and Daniela Goeller (postdoctoral research-fellow at VIAD, University of Johannesburg).