The White Light Festival in Cape Town 2017
The annual White Light Festival was a spontaneous evening filled with artistic performance acts, sculptures and other art forms from around Cape Town. The dazzling light festival celebrates art and wine in December once a year. Jay Pather, a South African choreographer and director of Siwla Sonke Dance Theatre together with choreographer, movement director and creator of musical theatre, Fiona du Plooy, put this extraordinary event together.
Every year the White Light Festival brings families together to celebrate a time with food and wine at the SPIER WINE FARM. One of Cape Town’s most famous and beautiful wine farms in Stellenbosch. The wine farm is known for its soothing red wines, as well as its beautiful hotel and spa. Not to mention the lovely road trip amongst the vineyards and countryside. During the festival the farm is lit up, shining brightly with gaudy lights from the performance acts, fires and lanterns in the forrest and amongst the flowers. This truly is a wonderful time for families and couples to celebrate the festive season accompanied by live music, many performance acts.
As one of the proofers my fellow dancing friends and I were the ballerinas of the night. Covered in clay, clothed in beautiful white dresses and fairy lights, we were dancing amongst the trees, in between acts and around the audience.
The ballet dancers were thrilled to be apart of such an eventful evening. Besides our usual stage and dressing rooms, we made the most of the outdoors. From being staged in professional theatres, with neat make up, pink tights and pointe shoes to the forrest, hard rocky found, clay and ballet pumps, we are the post modern version of Les Willies. No matter the site, costuming or music, dance has evolved so much. From training in the studios to dancing amongst the trees, dancing is a beautiful form of art to being light and shine light to a festival full of lights.
Whether we are dancing to the wind or the DJ, dance is movement in any way, with anything, on anything to anything.
Covered with clay from head to toe, brushing our ballet pumps in dirt, gracefully and elegantly performing allegro on grass. This was an awesome experiance. Talk about ones comfort zone. Who said Ballerinas can’t get a little dirty? Not to mention, our costuming was also decorated with live Christmas beetles, they seemed to be attracted to our lights, along with other species of bugs. Every act was unique, amazing and creative in their own way.
It was an honour to be apart of this festival. Truly is worth your time and you don’t want to miss out next year. Every year is different and exciting, so be sure to book your tickets next year.
For more information visit Spier Wine Farm