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Borwa

In yet another captivating performance, local theatre group, Mophato Dance Theatre put up a convincingly emotional and thought provoking performance of Borwa when they took to the stage on Wednesday evening to close the year at Mantlwaneng theatre at Westwood.


It has been quite a rare year for art lovers, theatre particularly. Watching the play, my mind was relayed to a couple of months back when I watched yet another scintillating performance by Limkokwing students in the play, Moratiwa. Both productions drive messages of relevance and adhere to the highest levels of theatre production with music as the core.


Moratiwa which was coordinated by legendary Jazz artist and saxophonist, Socca Moruakgomo, is an African Tragedy, a musical play which narrates the story of a young girl called Gaone Matlapeng, who went missing and was believed to have been sacrificed.

 

The story featured an electrifying vocal performance of Fisher Siblings; Shugie, Bonny and Lifi who take to the stage in a celebratory mood while the band seamlessly links the first song to the second song called Celebration. The song speaks of the journey that Botswana has gone through since its independence in 1966. The narration of the story and the music blended along well until the last act where the group presented different types of traditional dances in Botswana.


As for Mophato, they did present almost the same choreography; music is the basis of the production that lasted for almost one hour and a half. The award winning group is well known for their excellence in choreography and have performed in almost every corporate event locally. Borwa which translates to ‘South’ won the Makgadikgadi Theatre challenge.


Choreographed and directed by Andrew Letso Kola and Kalima Mipata, Borwa is a chilling yet captivating untold story of the people of the south, back in the 1960s when our grandfathers left for the labour migrations in South Africa, a move which was perceived as a new rite of passage for men from the traditional initiatives of bogwera.


It challenges societies of Bakwena, Bangwaketse, Bakgatla, Batlokwa, Balete and sheds light on why the men of the south stopped going to initiations to work in the mines while their wives stayed to nurture their families. At that time societies were angered because of the rite of passage that killed many and gave opportunities to some in South Africa, leaving wives and children in desperate need. Borwa interrogates the impact on the societies before and after the labour migrates as families across the south still mourn their loved ones. 

 

The group displayed exquisite choreography that they are usually known for, owning even the Zulu traditional dance that is associated with miners as well as the gumboot dance which is now associated with the Bakwena and some Bangwaketse locally and is known as phathisi. Setapa was also among the performances of the night which had many in the audience emotional.       


The director, Kola said Mophato Dance Theatre has grown to become an unexpected powerhouse in the industry since its inception in 2009. The dance group has become the highest paid dance organisation that has created 23 occupations and more opportunities for the at- risk youth through capacity building projects that have been sponsored by the Ministry of Youth as well as American public affairs office.


Kola said building the arts industry will inevitably increase tourist visitation and spend in our country which will traffic Southern Africa to Botswana, diversifying skills and economy to contribute positively to the GDP of the country. According to arts.gov, in 2013, arts and cultural production contributed $704. 2 billion to the US economy, or 4. 23 percent of the GDP.  The Arts and cultural sector employed 4. 7 million with wage and salary workers, earning $339 billion.

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