Conservation, culture and the celebration of diversity has one thing in common – Ballet in the Bush. Legend Golf & Safari Resort welcomed this spectacular event back to the kingdom of legends with the 4th annual Ballet in the Bush that took place on Saturday, 10 March in aid of The Rhino Orphanage and the Training Teachers in Townships Program.
Leave it to Dirk Badenhorst to add a touch of twist and flare to an already amazing production. This year South African Ballet Dancers and South Korean Dancers as well as a group of Pantsula dancers graced the stage with an incredible new piece called “Bengingazi ”. A remarkable fusion of contemporary, ballet and “pantsula” dancing from Soweto. As the story opens, a man from Soweto, skilled in the art of pantsula dancing, meets a classical ballerina. Despite the cultural differences they start an affair and unbeknown to the man produce a son. The son is brought up in the world of classical ballet, until one day the mother sees the father training a group of young men in the art of pantsula, and she decides to introduce the son to the father. The two worlds collide, and the father insists the son learns pantsula dancing. The son is hooked and immerses himself in the new world. They all finally learn that it does not have to be a choice of one world or the other, but it can be both.
Except for the incredible new piece the audience had the opportunity to experience spectacular pas de deux and solos form The Dying Swan, Paquita and Le Corsaire. The new work Bengingazi is collectively choreographed by renowned South African choreographer Adele Blank, Angela Revie and Madamore, with music by Nic Paton and are performed by famous South African dancers Angela Malan, Craig Arnolds and Michael Revie. Flamenco dancer, Ndumiso Tafeni, and Pantsula dancers Alexandra Rockstars and Madamore.
The night consisted of the celebration and awareness of two endangered species, rhino and ballet, and the message that in this beautiful country of ours diversity is not the threat but rather the power that can unite a nation.
We look forward to 2019’s Ballet in the Bush which will once again leave the audience inspired and passionate about culture and conservation.