Scars production gets a leg up
Funding finally comes through for troupe to bring their dream to the stage
T HE DICE are rolling in favour of Megan Erasmus and Celeste Botha’s debut Breakthru Entertainment production, Scars, to be staged at Artscape Arena from January 14-24.
“I prayed that God would send me the right people,” says Erasmus. “Our funding from the National Arts Council finally came through, the space became available, and (Jazzart Dance Theatre artistic director) Alfred Hinkel’s been helping us with direction.
Work on Scars started in earnest late last year when Jazzart choreographer Ina Wichterich became available to workshop choreography with them, together with another for mer Jazzart colleague, Marlon Zoutman. “Marlon is very talented; he’s got an eye for fresh material,” says Erasmus.
These thirtysomething former Jazzart company members began conceptualising Scars in different cities three years ago. The next step was for Erasmus to return to Cape Town and set up their company, Breakthru Entertainment, in January, 2008.
Heritage is the main theme in Scars. Botha says: “It’s about knowing where you come from, having an identity, and unashamedly claiming your rightful place in society.
“Even though we’re not fully black, we also have voices, and as much right to recognition as anyone else.”
“Coloured teenagers are not encouraged to find out about their heritage. They’ve got no foundation,” says Erasmus.
The formation of Breakthru Entertainment has enabled Erasmus and Botha to take their skills to another level in the arts as managers, producers and choreographers, not just performers.
Both Botha and Erasmus are seasoned performers with extensive CVs.
Botha has been teaching the contemporary choreography component of the UCT School of Dance diploma course, undertaking choreographic commissions, and working behind the scenes while recovering from cruciate ligament surgery to both knees.
Erasmus placed in the top three of the first local So You Think You Can Dance? television series.
Studying her ar m, firmly wrapped in a cast after breaking a finger in two places in rehearsal, Erasmus is reminded of Wichterich’s warning against the naming of future shows. “But this show’s called Scars, so even if I go on stage with a helmet…”
Despite Joburg salaries being far better than anywhere else in the country, Erasmus and Botha are determined to make their mark in Cape Town.
“We’ve done enough corporate work; it lacks substance and we want to do more soulful work now,” says Erasmus.
Theatre patrons can look forward to a thought-provoking dance theatre piece in Scars, performed by some of Cape Town's best creative talent.
Booking is through Computicket. Tickets are R50 or R30 for block bookings of 10 or more.
DANCE DUO: Celeste Botha, left, and Megan Erasmus rehearse for