Baxter Dance Festival Main Programme

Come and catch us at the Baxter Dance Festival 2014 - 9 and 10 October.  We are performing our new piece - Ababhidisi-The Conductors.  Here is a bit about the piece...

Continuing the theme of social and political commentary started in his piece Ubunye (which was performed at the Baxter Dance Festival 2013 and the Infecting the City Festival 2014), Mzo Gasa's Ababhidisi explores the concept of leadership in African society today.

Similar in meaning to the English phrase 'Judas Goat', Ababhidisi explores how leaders in our society today are leading us down dangerous paths that make us lose connections with our communities, cultures, values and sense of right and wrong.  The lure of money and power has led us to a point where nepotism and greed are the order of the day.  We have lost sight of what is important.

The Judas Goat is left to lure the lion by its bleating and unwittingly lures the means of its death.  Our leaders are using us to gain money and power and in the process we are losing our sense of who we are.