The elastic limbs of the Pantsula pioneers
They first leapt into the public eye on the most famous tourist drag in Soweto, the infamous Johannesburg township. It was there, just a stone's throw away from the homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, that the Soweto Skeleton Movers enchanted onlookers with their sinuous bodies and elastic limbs. Bouncing, spinning and hula-hooping, after 13 years of modest street performances, the four dancers evolved into the epitome of the whimsically playful Pantsula, a disarming African dance style combining breakdancing, house and street dance with amazingly acrobatic footwork and magical hat tricks. Until their breakout performance in 2016 in London at the Breakin’ Convention, the world's largest hiphop festival, they had never performed on stage before. Nowadays the Pantsula pioneers have made it their second home. So it’s no wonder that they’ve named their new show Seven, the number that symbolises perfection to them.
"If you imagine Charlie Chaplin infused with a South African funk you might come close to the slick fast‑paced and witty style that Soweto Skeleton Movers embody."
Dancers | Jabulani Manyoni, Junior Hlongwane, Topollo Ntulo, Molefi Rakitla
Choreography | Soweto Skeleton Movers
Music | DJ Sce’c3tion
Light | John Maddox
Co-production | Breakin' Convention International Festival