The Pantsula dance crew Via Vyndal are heading to New York to perform at the US premiere of The Children’s Monologues. They will be at Carnegie Hall.
The Pantsula dance crew, Via Vyndal, will be helping celebrities tell African Tales. They will be joining the cast of ‘The Children’s Monologues’ which includes Trevor Noah, Charlize Theron, Daveed Diggs, Lena Dunham, Daniel Kaluuya, James McAvoy, Audra McDonald, Ewan McGregor, Javier Muñoz and Susan Sarandon.
The monologues were written by youngsters in Africa and adapted by playwrights to be performed on stage. Sandile Ngqulunga, 24, Kagiso Ngqulunga, 21, Daniel Chaka, 22, and Bafana Binde, 25, were elated when they heard that their Pantsula group had been chosen to go to New York for the premiere. The guys have never left the country and the news had them in tears of joy.
“This is not just important for the guys going, it’s also important for pantsula as a culture and a dance form.” – Sicelo Xaba, Artistic Director
Sicelo is a founding member of Impilo Mapantsula, an organisation that supports pantsula dancers in South Africa.
Sandile Ngqulunga hopes that this performance will change the negative perspective that people have about the dance style and the dancers themselves.
“People who don’t understand what we do [they] think we vandalise, but we don’t. The only time we do that is on stage when we dance.” – Sandile Ngqulunga, Via Vyndal Dancer.
The premier takes place this weekend at Carnegie Hall on the 13th of November 2017 in New York City.
You can watch their dancing below.