First Car Rental drives MIDM to Grahamstown Arts Festival

August 2016 - Supporting the Arts is one way First Car Rental can give back to a small community of highly- talented, hard-working people who create amazing entertainment for the greater community.

Moving into Dance Mophatong

In this instance, First Car Rental sponsored a Quantum passenger vehicle that was used to transport the Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) crew from Johannesburg to Grahamstown for the National Lottery Fringe Festival, which took place at the Grahamstown Arts Festival from 30 June - 10 July 2016.

About Moving into Dance Mophatong

Moving into Dance Mophatong is a well-established and highly respected 38-year-old dance school based in Newtown, well-known for pioneering the Afrofusion and Edudance styles, which students still learn today

During the Fringe Festival, MIDM's all-male dance cast performed four pieces, including "Road" choreographed by Oscar Buthelezi, which analyses the dilemmas of the path, the route that guides us there, and the final destination.

"Road" clinched Buthelezi a historical double award in Germany in May this year after he was awarded both the Audience Choice Award, and the prestigious Jury Award for the Kurt Jooss Choreography Prize - the first time a South African was one of three finalists, out of 70 choreographers in 26 countries, and the first South African choreographer to win the award.

At the Fringe Festival, their piece "Feathers" won a Standard Bank Ovation Award, which is an award given to performances demonstrating "artistic innovation and excellence".

Moving into Dance Mophatong

The award-winning dancers of MIDM

About the National Fringe Festival

The National Fringe festival is held every year in Grahamstown as part of the National Arts Festival.

The distinguishing feature of the Fringe is that it is open to all and exempt from the selection process that applies to the main programme.

Fringe performers are also responsible for their own costs and 85% of their box office sales go to them directly. They are liable for certain payments for venue hire and registration fees.

Moving into Dance Mophatong

Beautiful images of the dancers. Photos: Tebogo Letsie

To learn more about MIDM, visit their website here or like their Facebook page here.

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