3“Hear Me Move” film director Scottnes Smith joins South Africa delegation to China with choreographer Paul Modjadji from 3 – 6th December to celebrate 20 years of freedom between SA and China. Modjadji was seconded to direct the closing ceremony event with Scottnes providing the audio visual elements of the show.
South Africa and China have a bilateral agreement and are growing both their relationships and international influences. As a sign of goodwill between the two countries, the Chinese government has been hosting celebrations over the last year for SA’s 20 years of freedom.
“Hear Me Move, SA’s first dance film celebrates youth and dance during our 20 years of freedom. This opportunity allows us to share the film with all relevant departments in Arts and Culture and to China,” explains Smith.
“Dance as we know it touches every aspect of our lives and dance in China is a real celebration of movement when one considers that Kung Fu, one of the highest expressions of movement originated there,” explains Smith. “This is an opportunity for us to be put out there to the world especially China where they have a population of over a billion people who will have access to Sbujwa and Pantsula – dances they’ve never seen before.”
Scottnes joins 45 different musicians and artists such as: legendary Mbacanga singer Phuzi Chemisi; Phuzekhemisi, one of the greatest Maskanda singers in the country; Bucie; Madomvha Fiesta Black; Lungi Naidoo; Wambo Wambo and Leanardo. All of whom are major stars in the South Afican music scene who are also joined by a group of dancers who have been touring the world and doing productions such as the Lion King.