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Sunday, 23 December 2018 22:35

David Kramer's Langarm - Much More Than Just a Dance

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Something I have learned that helps me immerse myself into the full experience of watching a theatre production or a movie is to leave any and all expectations at the door. Somehow the very little I know of Langarm dancing, through once in a while having to play a few tracks of the genre when I DJ at weddings and private functions, sneaked into The Fugard with me. 


Accompanied by the vivaciously scintillating Wiskunde Juffie aka Marley Rose who knows more than a thing or two about Ballroom Dancing, having at some point been an active participant in what is essentially also a very competitive sport, I was fortunate to be in the company of someone who could anchor me during the very lively and animated conversations that followed as we left the theatre and met up with members of the cast in the ground floor bar area.

As one looks onto and into the KhoiSan struggle one is torn between hope and despair as one sees how it tears itself to pieces whilst uttering noble mantras such as unity and solidarity.

The struggle whilst noble in itself is wracked by personalities, tensions, competitions and inner fights that dissipate its energies and causes it to become victim to parochialism and lose focus. It further shudders and shakes itself to competing pieces that are vitriolic and combative as opposed to complementary and this takes one back to the writings of Willie Lynch in his works “The Making of a Slave”. In it he asserts that the division and control of slaves is brought about by colour and breeding within which the woman or mother plays a central role in imprinting the young slave into submissiveness and fear of the slavemaster whilst being aggressive and domineering to other slaves. And this is further articulated by Frantz Fanon in his work “Black Skins White Masks” as well as in the “Wretched of the Earth”.

 


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Langarm known to the rest of the world as Ballroom dancing is and has for a long time not only been a cultural phenomenon particularly in Coloured communities in the Western Cape but has always been and remains to be a highly competitive sport across South Africa.
Like any cultural and sporting activity, Langarm dancing was racially segragated during the Apartheid era and dancing across the racial divide was a criminal offense.

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