National Gallery in Bulawayo, in partnership with Gitiz Arts Organisation Umkhathi Theatre Arts and Multi Media Box, will be hosting a traditional dance reality show titled Dance Remedial Zimbabwe beginning this March.
According to Gitiz Arts Organisation director, Thembi Moyo the Dance Remedial Zimbabwe is aimed at cultural and heritage preservation for the next generation.
Moyo said the programme is expected to run for three seasons with the first season documenting 15 traditional dances from March until November and the following season shall also be documented in the same months.
“In this digital world, it is our duty as the current generation to preserve our culture and heritage for the next generation. At a time when people rarely meet for social gatherings, documentation of these dances becomes pivotal in preserving traditional practices,” Moyo told the Daily News.
“Dance Remedial Zimbabwe comes against a background in which most people are no longer interested in reading, hence the power of the visual comes into play as film plays an integral role in educating the masses,” she said.
Moyo added that the programme will be officially launched on February 26 with the first dance activities kicking off on March 4.
“Each dance shall run for two weeks at the National Gallery in Bulawayo. The programme will be running every Friday except the last Friday of each month. It is open to the public to take part for a fee.
She added: “We shall invite specific people that practice and research on the specific dance that shall be recorded and packaged into a reality TV show.”
Gitiz Arts Organisation hosts Total Traditional Expo which is an annual event that seeks to resuscitate Zimbabwean culture through dance, poetry and workshops.
The organisation targets minority ethnic groups and brings their cultural practices to the majority. Last year, the organisation hosted Ukugxiva and Ukukikimba from the Xhosa community.