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Wabo and her WHY

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 21 March 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Wabo and her WHY

She is a fearless young woman spearheading a dance movement dubbed – WHY. Wabo Motiki – a dancer, videographer, photographer and an all-around artist with creative arts and performing running in her blood – founded the movement last year. She has been dancing for about eight years now. This year her group will be performing at Maitisong festival on April 6th and 8th. She has always loved dancing and being creative, and ended up forming WHY because she was tired of people always asking her ‘why’ in everything that she did. She said the movement was also birthed from a dance documentary that she did titled, ‘What they don’t know’. “This was because I love dance and I also love taking videos. I wanted something that can incorporate all these not just one type of dance,” she said. She did not want the regular dancing that people are used to, but a more purposeful dancing. This led into her creating this one piece that generates huge interest where-ever it performs. They perform mostly in open spaces. She said they aim to address the curiousness people have over any development. “If you are a singer people ask why, you are an accountant they ask why, so they always ask why in just about anything,” she said. She said they are dancing for more than just a pay cheque, but to show that everyone has something to say and in different ways. She said they want to transform the minds. They dance at times with their heads covered in card boxes to show that each and every person is in a journey and that each person has box in the head because after all no one knows what will happen tomorrow or where they will be. “We don’t want people to see us and we always do flash mobs around the malls, and normally people will just stare without saying much, and afterwards that is when they will start sending us messages as to what our movement is all about,” she said. They put on black outfits when they do this. They want people to think outside the box even though they are inside the box. She said they want to reach a gardener, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a student and just about anyone in order to let them realise that it is important to think outside the box and be ready to deal with the question WHY when it is asked because that is part of life. They do not get booked for performances. They were once thrown out of the Rail Park Mall because they caused commotion with people jostling to watch them. Though they would love to perform even in the roads during traffic, they are aware of the risks and dangers that will go with that.