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Gumboot Dance Workshop and Performance

When:

Sun 30 Jul 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Oakridge Wines, 864 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, Yarra-Dandenong Ranges

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: katetkn

Gumboot Season Closing Party. Join us for a joyous afternoon of high energy gumboot dancing, drum and song.

This interactive performance and workshop will be led by award winning choreographer and dancer Suzie Mzuri Watts accompanied by musician Mpaphi Taios Nfandizo from Botswana. Suzanne has performed as a dancer, percussionist and vocalist at more than 500 Events & Festivals including WOMADelaide with Soukous Ba congo. She has toured internationally with French music award winner So Kalmery, and has played and worked with Musiki Manjaro, Sambole African Dance Company, Kotoko Ma with Kojo Owusu from African Royal Drummers, Matata Sound, Randy and the Jah Roots. Free and great fun for all ages. Just bring your gumboots!

Includes: One hour participation gumboot dance workshop followed by a live gumboot dance and musical performance in the barrel hall at Oakridge Wines.

About gumboot dancing:
Rooted back in the dark gold mine tunnels of South Africa more than a century ago, gumboot dancing has come full circle. Initially a codified tap used by black miners deprived of conversation, gumboot dancing today is one of the most expressive South African dance genres.

The dancers expand upon traditional steps, with the addition of contemporary movement, music and song. Extremely physical, the dancing serves as a cathartic release, celebrating the body as an instrument, and the richness and complexities of South African culture.