Indigenous dancers steal the show

Posted: April 7, 2009 in Live! Blogging.
Rieldancers from Gariep. ©Astrid Stark

Rieldancers from Gariep. ©Astrid Stark

My favourite by far. Traditional rieldancers perform ritualistic dances.  

The dancers are from the !Garob Project, which is a partnership between the KKNK and local communities.  Their projects include the Khoi Konnexion featuring the Ghetto Poet of Tanneman !Xamm, Jitsvinger and other indigenous performers.

During the Rieldans, the boys alternate between performing as young bushmen, and then the animals that they hunt.  They leap like Springboks and shuffle their feet sending dust clouds into the air.  It is a beautiful and mesmerising and touching.

Doing the Springbok

Doing the Springbok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost in a sea of ostrich feather dusters, ©Astrid Stark

Lost in a sea of ostrich feather dusters, ©Astrid Stark

Every bit of the unfortunate Ostrich’s body parts is processed and sold; the feathers, egg shells, the skin for leather, meat used for biltong, and a variety of traditional Afrikaans dishes such as the potjie.

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