Meet South Africa’s newest star – little Khotatso, who is embarking on a journey filled with passion, arts and love. On her way she meets revolutionary acts, amazing dancers and dance styles, splendid circus acts – big names such as Nothende, Joburg Ballet and Riky Rick. She will be taken away to a dream world of possibilities of living arts, and escape the difficult environment she is living in.
This show which is the brainchild of the non-governmental organisation Dam Ditty Doo art connection was started in Germany, DDD supports children from different cultures, nationalities and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in the field of visual and performing arts. The Khotatso show is a major fundraising concert for DDD. It will take place on May 26 at the Alex Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Proceeds will finance dance, acting, and fine art classes in Westbury, Melville, Hillbrow and Soweto and will allow the team to branch out into other areas such as Katlehong, Tembisa and Alexandra.
“The aim of this initiative is to facilitate the growth of the children according to their different talents and abilities and to introduce them to the world of visual and performing arts. The children in South Africa are in need of such channels to develop their talents and to get the chance to become professionals in what they love to do,” said the DDD’s Ginger Wensky.
“All kids whom I teach live in underprivileged areas and have to deal with all sorts of problems –starting at home, to being beaten and robbed in the streets. DDD gives them a home where they can be themselves, learn about respect and discipline, and be a child and have fun by expressing their talent and learning more about it.”
Well-known musicians, dancers, circus acts and vocalists have pledged their support for the show. It’s a stunning line-up, which features the likes of rapper Riky Rick, R&B artist Nothende, Maxx, Donovan Yaards, contortionist Lunga Buthelezi, Pasha and Shahmo Darouiche from Germany, Joburg Ballet and the Bambanani Brass Ensemble.
Dancers include official Nike ambassador Amy Rosslind; Joburg’s very own Thami Tshabalala; Charlie van Rooyen, whom fans will remember from So You Think You Can Dance (season three) and Strictly Come Dancing (seasons seven and eight); the Here Me Move movie’s Mindo Sefafe; and Cuba’s Juan Carlos Osma. Other performers putting their talents on display are pantsula dance crew Soweto Junction (who are Topollo Ntulo, Nkululeko Mkhwanazi, Mofhli Ntsasa, Mandlakayise Motaung and Molef Rakitla); performing artist and dancer Gorata Puleng Mfaladi; 2011’s South African Adult Female ‘Dancer of The Year’ (for disco freestyle and slow dance) Nadia Jansen van Rensberg; Kwa Mashu’s very own Trevor Khethukuthula; actress and dancer Zeena Edwards, whom viewers will recognise as Adelyn Jacobs on the Kyknet soap opera Binnelanders; principal dancer at Joburg Ballet, Jonathan Rodrigues; and founding member of DDD art connection, breakdancer Eddy-b. Two international dancers or choreographers from Europe will also perform: Shah-Mo and Pasha Darouiche.
“The magic is created by all these amazingly talented people coming together for the same cause: To show little Khotatso the way! The way to use your talents to make a change in your live and those of others,” said Wensky.
“A child’s normal or abnormal development relies largely on the type of social and environmental surroundings they are exposed to. Environmental risk factors leading to negative behaviour tends to cluster around poor areas and, the greater the number of risk factors, the poorer the outcome for the child. South Africa is a beautiful country with a promising future, but it is unfortunate to note that with this promise there is an endurance of economic disadvantage and social inadequacy widespread among the largest parts of our population. There are more children exposed to unhealthy environmental factors in our country than we can tolerate.”
Stop the cycle. Buy a ticket and support the artists who support this fabulous cause. The tickets cost R150 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the show, May 26 at 8:00pm. For more information, visit www.damdittydoo.com. Facebook Dam Ditty Doo
Sponsors include Uber, Vovo Telo, Le Maq Pro and Feed me Green with a Supporting Grant from Business and Arts South Africa – BASA