Finding healing through dance – Iqhawe Elingaphakathi Kum (Shadow Pillar)

In an aim to raise awareness about mental health-related diseases, the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) will stage a contemporary dance show, Iqhawe Elingaphakathi Kum (Shadow Pillar) choreographed and performed by none other than the acclaimed choreographer and dancer Mcebisi Bhayi.

Iqhawe Elingaphakathi kum’ (Shadow Pillar) is an African contemporary work; a thought-provoking dance piece that addresses and encourages individuals who are about to give up in life to look deep within themselves for the unseen element that keeps us rising up when we fall. In every religion or human belief, there is a pillar of strength to help us overcome the challenges and obstacles that we come across. Our inner souls become our strength, our inner voices become our pillars and weapons to survive and prevail in life. The unseen spirits that live within us push us to our destination.

And this is what the producer of the show had to say about the show “This dance piece is more than a performance; it’s a celebration of the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us. In a world filled with challenges, obstacles, and moments of despair, “Iqhawe Elingaphakathi kum’” is a testament to the power that lies beneath the surface—a shadow pillar that upholds us when we are on the verge of giving up.

The title itself, “Shadow Pillar,” hints at the mysterious and often overlooked aspects of our inner selves. In every culture, religion, and human belief system, there exists a source of strength that transcends the visible, an unseen force that guides us through the darkest moments. This dance piece seeks to explore and celebrate that intangible essence”.

It is set to premiere:

Date:     14-16 March

Venue:  Andre Huguenet Theatre

Time:    18h30

Tickets are now available at Webtickets and PACOFS’ booking office.



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