Scars pro­duc­tion gets a leg up

Fund­ing fi­nally comes through for troupe to bring their dream to the stage

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD DANCE - DEBBIE HATH­WAY

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

Scars.

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