Founded in 1992, the Via Katlheong Dance company, led by Buru Mohlabane and Steven Faleni, was named after the East Rand township, a poor district where pantsula counter-culture was born. With its strong community identity, Via Katlehong Dance pursues an educative, cultural, and social mission with the youth of South Africa. The company has received several international awards for its creations bringing together pantsula traditions and other South African dances like gumboot and step. Like hip hop in the United States and in Europe, pantsula culture is a lifestyle and includes fashion, music, dance, as well as body language and slang. Those dances are performed with a shared energy and rhythm. By shouting, whistling, stomping their feet, and clapping, the audience takes part in the celebration, symbol of a certain lust for life. The dancers of Via Katlehong regularly invite international choreographers to work with them, such as Marco da Silva Ferreira and Amala Dianor this year.
Production Via Katlehong Dance, Damien Valette Prod
Co-production Chaillot Théâtre National de la Danse (Paris), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Festival DDD - Teatro Municipal do Porto, Festival d’Avignon, Le Grand T – Théâtre de Loire Atlantique (Nantes), Maison des Arts de Créteil , Espace 1789 – Scène conventionnée danse de Saint-Ouen
With the support of the Saison France-Portugal 2022, Institut français d'Afrique du Sud, Centre culturel Camões à Paris
With the help of RFI and the city of Ekurhuleni (South Africa)
In partnership with France Médias Monde