Through energetic and rhythmically intricate movements, the Festival of South African Dance communicates a perseverance of the human spirit and spreads awareness about the socioeconomic and political challenges facing South Africa. Two distinct groups share these stories through their historical dance traditions in an uplifting and entertaining evening at Radford University at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10, 2018, at the Bondurant Auditorium.
The two groups included in the festival are Real Actions Pantsula and Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical. They originate from Johannesburg, South Africa, and include 19 dancers and musicians.
Director and choreographer Sello Reuben Modiga established Real Actions Pantsula in 1992. He discovered a group of talented teenagers from a small town in South Africa called Orange Farm.
“One of Modiga’s missions is to take South…