Fantasma Puts Spotlight on Ballet in Khayelitsha in New “Cat & Mouse” Music Video.
“I’ve seen how modern dance and ballet has offered kids another reality.” - Spoek Mathambo.
For their latest single featuring Zanzibari singer Mim Suleiman, the Spoek Mathambo-led five man collective from South Africa, with the help of director Tlhonepho Thobejane, the group highlights as they follow a group of young ballerinas as they walk, bond and dance their way through sections of Khayelitsha.
In both the seen and unseen parts of the video, it deals with ideas of ballet and notions of masculinity, that both exist and in and go beyond the environment in which it was filmed. As Spoek says, “it was hard to shoot, because a lot of people were really rude and
aggressive towards the boys. The scene where the township guy challenges
them to a dance battle – the reality was a lot rougher. They were
incredibly brave to do it.”
The video was inspired by both Spoek’s mother, who was on the board of a dance company in Johannesburg that has been going since the height of the unrest in South Africa in the 1970s, and his wife’s research about kids living in “rough niehborhoods” that have picked up ballet.
We featured the song on our April SoundCloud playlist last month. Stream it here.
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