Performance: Festival of South African Dance
October 17, 2017
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Two of South Africa’s national dance forms come together in a captivating program reflecting the vibrant diversity, complex history, and inventive creativity of the South African people. The Gumboots, clad in wellies, tell the story of migrant men in Stimela the Musical—a stirring and theatrical presentation using (gumboot) dance, which began as a form of resistance by black miners. Real Actions Pantsula is born of street culture in South Africa’s black townships, taking its inspiration from Sotho dances and American jazz and hip-hop.