One of the acts in this year’s Maitisong Festival is Sky Blue Dance Hub which delivers captivating stories in dance through their director Tumisang Baatshwana. The country’s biggest arts festival, now celebrating its 29th year, will run from April 11-16 at various venues around Gaborone. Baatshwana - a well-travelled professional dancer - will do a dance choreography story titled ‘A story of many births’. She said their production will have an element of physical theatre and divided into three parts. She will perform a solo physical theatre dubbed one-one for 20 minutes that will show her coming of age. She will explore the different steps that someone goes through in life but focusing solely on her life.
There will be a duet performance dubbed one-two which will feature Lesego Maseng showing a story about a transgender person living in Botswana at the moment and the challenges that they face as individuals in order to make it day by day. “The story behind this was inspired by our growth because it has been three years since we started the company and so it was a learning curve with many moments,” she said. Baatshwana said that they want a bigger picture for the local dance and theatre where they want dancers who are professional and who value what they do. She said they are also looking at where they can contribute in the industry. Their dream is to be able to go out there often and tell the Botswana story. “We want to collaborate and show our work even outside so that people can be able to see the stories about Botswana and the work about this country,” she said.
Maitisong Director Gao Lemmenyane said that there will be both free and paid shows to ensure that everyone get a piece of the action. He said that they look forward to celebrating the three decades of arts promotion. “Botswana celebrates 50 years of independence; Maitisong Festival joins in on the festivities to congratulate the leaders and all people of Botswana on this golden jubilee. The peace and tranquility that we take for granted in Botswana is unimaginable in other parts of the world,” he said. The theme for this year is ‘Engage’ which continues last year’s theme of ‘Elevate’.