Thabo Rapoo: dancing to inspire

first_img11 November 2008From dancing the traditional Prawiroguna in Indonesia to Afro-fusion in the inner city of Johannesburg, the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance 2009 is leaping his way into the hearts of national and international audiences.Thabo Rapoo (29) studied at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation before joining Johannesburg-based Moving Into Dance Mophatong as an aspirant dancer in 2002, becoming a company member in 2003.In 2002 he danced solo in Mumbai, Jaipur, Calcutta and Delhi. Since then, with Moving into Dance Mophatong, Rapoo has graced the stages of international festivals in Luxembourg, Bolzano, Vienna, Turin, Sweden, Kuopio, Washington, Finland and India.In 2004, he made his debut as a choreographer with the Moving Into Dance production Kgotla, which was performed in Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Bolzano and Vienna.In 2005 he choreographed eMandulo for a Moving Into Dance and Vuyani Dance Theatre joint season, and in 2006 he attended international choreographers’ workshops in Senegal.In 2007 Rapoo choreographed Time to Dance for the JIM-Jack Arts & Culture Company, and received a Phillip Stein Young Choreographer’s Grant to create a new work for the 2008 FNB Dance Umbrella.Se-Hume Tlokweng, a tribute to his mentor, legendary musician Tlokwe Sehume, was presented at the 2008 FNB Dance Umbrella, where Rapoo received an award for most promising male dancer in a contemporary style.For Rapoo, whose favourite style is Afro-fusion, dance is not just artistic expression. It’s an opportunity to inspire his generation.“I chose dance as a career because of my passion for it,” he says. “It is a non-verbal form of communication.”He has facilitated workshops for emerging choreographers at the FNB Dance Umbrella, as well as for the Gauteng Dance Manyano.Rapoo, who calls Newtown, Johannesburg his home, is currently studying through an arts and culture scholarship programme in Surakarta, Indonesia.While he loves the appreciative South Africa audiences, he worries that they are often small, and that so many young artists are leaving the country to build a career elsewhere.“I will encourage my peers not to leave South Africa to seek jobs elsewhere, because the grass is not always greener on the other side,” he says.Rapoo says he wants to use the opportunity that the Standard Bank Young Artist Award has given him to do a piece that he has been dreaming about for a long time but has never had the funds to bring to fruition.“I am looking forward to giving some of my peers an opportunity to work with me, and to create a job for them for the time that I will be working with them.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more


Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s kabaddi team settles for bronze, women in final

first_imgThe Indian men’s kabaddi team suffered a shock 27 – 18 loss at the hands of Iran in the semi-final in the 2018 Asian Games.The men’s team, who are seven-time gold-medallists and also the world champions, will have to settle for a bronze medal.It is the first time in the history of the Asian Games that India would come back home without a gold in the men’s kabaddi. They had also lost 23-24 against South Korea in the grpoup stage, but bounced back to beat Thailand 49-30 in their fourth and final Group A match. They had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.There was good new from the Indian women’s kabaddi team, who entered their third successive final at the Asian Games with a dominating win over Chinese Taipei in the semifinals.The Indian team, which won the gold medal in the last two editions of the Asian Games, continued its impressive run by defeating Chinese Taipei 27-14 in the last four contest.INDIAN Womens Kabaddi Team captain Payel Chowdhury speaking on their emphatic win over Chinese Taipei (27-14) to reach Women’s Team Finals #AsianGames #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/tYIF9D5so5 Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) August 23, 2018The Indian women’s team which won the World Cup thrice in 2012, 2013 and 2014, will face either Iran or Thailand in the finals.India had topped Group A to qualify for the semifinals. The women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54- 22 in their final group match. The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.advertisement(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more


Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


Riding Profile DesnethéMissinippiChurchill River

first_imgAPTN National NewsDesnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River is one of the largest ridings in Canada.It’s bigger than the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.There are more than 43,000 eligible voters in the riding and more than half are Metis or First Nation.The incumbent is Conservative Rob Clarke.As APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports, the election is shaping into a bitter battleground between the Liberals and Conservatives.last_img