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Not heaven but sky

video by cri du coeur, 2011

During their 24 days stay in South Africa, after performances at Seippel Gallery Johannesburg and jozi art:lab, Berlin based artists Fine Kwiatkowski and Willehad Grafenhorst worked with the dancer Tumi Mokgope and children and teenagers from SKY (soweto kliptown youth).

They developed dance scenes in several places in Johannesburg city area, in Soweto and in SKY, a centre for some of the most neglected children in South Africa. SKY was founded in 1987 by Bob Nameng, it supports children and teens from Kliptown with programs including sports, performance arts, girls empowerment and life skills classes.

Back in Berlin Fine Kwiatkowski and Willehad Grafenhorst created a video combining images of the city, dance scenes, music by SKY teenagers, Willehad Grafenhorst and the amazing Thaba Chweu Gospel Choir.
The video reflects their personal impression of this city of contrasts - different cultures, after apartheid repression continues as economic dependency - amidst the greatest poverty they found a overwhelminf cultural vibrancy.

Willehad Grafenhorst - camera / editing / music
Fine Kwiatkowski and Tumi Mokgope - dance
children and teenagers from SKY (SOWETO KLIPTOWN YOUTH) - dance / music
Thaba Chweu Gospel Choir - music

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