The Wättssoul Platform is a connective and promotional platform for artists and art lovers. Discover, get inspired, share your work and knowledge, sell and buy art. Learn more...
What is Gumboots?
"Gumboots is a rhythmic cultural dance created by men in the gold mines of Johannesburg during the apartheid era". In this documentary, Michael Moloi brings us back in time to the roots of what became one of the most popular dance form of South Africa.
Seven years ago, we met Michael Moloi, a Gumboots and Pantsula dancer from South Africa who joined the original cast of Cirque du Soleil The Beatles "LOVE" show in Las Vegas. Needless to say, Michael has been an inspiration ever since!
Michael is an incredible dancer, and a great performer, but most of all, an amazing artist. So when we decided to create Wättssoul, working with him was of course part of our plans.
Eight months ago, we finally decided to do a feature on him. Our vision was to inspire others to discover Gumboots and Pantsula dance through Michael's life, and experiences. In order to get ideas on how we would approach the work, we invited him over to do a (short) interview. Unexpectedly, everything changed! We started recording his story to make sure we would remember everything. We asked the first question, and it was nearly an hour and a half later before Michael asked us: "What's the second question?"!!
We knew he had a lot of information, but when we finally understood how life was during that time in South Africa, and put it all into context, things took a new turn. It wasn't just about dance anymore, it was also about the fight of a family, about love, respect and humility. It was about a culture! Our vision had to change and what was supposed to be a simple and short video had to become something more. We didn't know exactly what, so we just took our time and let things flow naturally.
In the end, we finally decided to make a trilogy. The first part about Gumboots, the next about Pantsula, and finally the last one more specifically about Michael, from his childhood until today.
With all that said, we present you "Gumboots"...
We personally would like to thank everyone who helped us with this project, especially our Assistants Director and Camera Operators Jessy Jean-Bart, George Maria and Taras Shevchenko as well as Director and Editor Ghislain Malardier for the gift of their time, knowledge and experience which made this possible.
We hope you'll get inspired!
Please share and give us your feedback, we'd really want to ear your thoughts!!
What's coming next?
Well we already started working on the second part, "Pantsula", and if you are interested to learn more on how all of this came together, stay connected and Join the community!
This morning I had the urge to spew some self-righteous bull about my views on the state of our dance. But then I remembered that this would be in fact judgmental. How can you judge something that is invisible: Soul! It's both amusing and frustrating to realize that it takes patience to develop an attitude of surrendering to the fact that in dance like in many other art-forms, some things are lost in translation. Like what it means to have "soul" when you dance.Read more:
Elite Locking Camp - Las Vegas
An inside look on the creation of the E.L.C. and how Greg's teachings and love of Locking inspired a whole new generation to lock. By Frank "Sundance" SamsRead more:
Alexandra "Spicey" Landé
When we rounded up our creative team Miss. Landé was definitely at the top of our list. This lady has proven time and time again that talent, perseverance, a strong ...Read more:
Kevin "Treklock" Tremblay
Sponsorship Platform Winner 2011- Kevin Tremblay stumbled upon dance at the age of 15 while looking for a new hobby. He started by taking Hip Hop classes and took his first Locking class a year later...Read more:
Let Your Art Flow presents H2O
As we all know, H2O is a contemporary and street dance competition using a concept known to street dancers as a "Battle". But do we really want to call it a competition?Read more:
Your donation will not only help keep the website ads free and continue the development of new features, it will also help us continue to support and promote artists. Thank you for your support.