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Stuck in the midst of lockdown Zip Zap’s first ever acrobatic art film was born, a movie rooted in South African culture, seen through the eyes of our youth. Staying true to the essence of Zip Zap, the professional troupe pushed creative boundaries and explored collective acrobatic work, African dance (including Gumboots and Pantsula), as well as traditional circus disciplines. In a particularly moving extract of the show, the history of gumboot dancing, a traditional South African dance that was born in the gold mines at the height of the migrant labour system during Apartheid, is showcased. The dance is extremely physical and serves as a cathartic release, celebrating the body as an instrument. This piece is a strong demonstration of the communion that lies at the heart of gumboot dancing and what Zip Zap Circus ultimately stands for.

It reflects the past, present and future of this multicultural cast & nation, which is observed through the beauty of art and movement to bring people together. Expect a polished voyage, through the landscape of the magical Western Cape, masterly crafted to inspire contemplation, understand true story telling through movement, and to not only witness the journey, but become part of it.

full length - 50 minutes

Adapted Screenplay: Sabine Van Rensburg, Brin Schoellkopf, Samuel Renaud
Director of original production & 
Artistic consultant: Brent Van Rensburg
Director of Photography: Brin Schoellkopf, Nic Good (Fresh Air Crew)
Performers: Jason Barnard, Phelelani Ndakrokra, Jacobus Claassen, Vuyani Lottering, Silumko Ndulula, Jade Palmer, Isobel Rossouw, Jemma-Rose Nelson
Acrobatic Coach:  Samuel Renuad
Choreography: Adele Blank, Brin Schoellkopf, Samuel Renaud, Sabine van Rensburg, Christine
Chapman, Trio Wise Fools, Brent Van Rensburg
Filming & Editing: Brin Schoellkopf, Nic Good (Fresh Air Crew)
Online Editor: Dan Clayton
Costumes: Christine Chapman, Portia Kewana, Belinda Weeber
Lighting Design: Mosuli Ntshonga, Sabine Van Rensburg
On-set assistance: Christine Chapman, Samuel Renaud, Edouard Schneider
Location Scouts: Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine van Rensburg, Samuel Renuad, Edouard Schneider, Christine Chapman
Production Management: Internal Logistics & Communications: Brigette Chapman 
Financial Manager: Laurence Esteve
Marketing Manager: Roxy Mitchell 
Graphic Design: Anele Mthalane
Photography: Amy Wood, Brin Schoellkopf, Edouard Schneider
Physiotherapist: Edouard Schneider
Sound recording studios: GOA Entertainment
Vocals and Lyrics: Jason Barnard 
Music credits: original soundtrack composed by Josh Hawks assisted by: Blake Hellaby, Buddy Wells, Chris Bakalanga, Lance Vezz Fortuin, Lee Thomson, Lumunyano Mzi, Luvo Vibez Tamba, Mohau Moahloli, and Nceba Gongxek

With thanks to Milnerton Market local fruit sellers (Elsa & family), Victoria Engelhorn-Nel, Johan Nel,
Trevor & Lynne McLean-Anderson, Samantha O’Keefe and the City of Cape Town.

Supported By: National Arts Council, African Culture Fund, Republic of South Africa, Institut Francaise


International Circus Awards 2021 - WINNER - Outstanding performance by an  artist (Phelelani Ndakrokra) - Outstanding Digital Production - CircusTalk Critics Choice Award for Social Impact


May 2021 - Brighton Fringe

August 2021 - Edinburgh Fringe

October 2021 - Woordfees Festival

October 2021 - International Circus Awards

October 2021 - Dazed Digital

February 2022 - Screening in Germany

March 2022 - Silwerstroom Festival

March 2022 - South African Film Festival Australia & New Zealand

March 2022 - Circus International Film Festvial

July 2022 - Seven Days

July 2022 - Woordfees Festival

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