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South African photographer documents pantsula

first_img5 February 2016Profiled in a recent New York Times (NYT) photo essay, South African photographer Chris Saunders says his love of the pantsula dance culture stems from its spontaneous and makeshift energy and the positive message the dance’s champions are trying to spread.“The guys are trying to spread a message of better living through the dance,” he told the NYT Everywhere you walk down a road, there’s kids playing, people dancing, people barbecuing, it’s (has) a vibe. It’s street culture.”What started as an eight-week assignment for Dance magazine soon turned into a six-year obsession with the art and artists of pantsula.As described in the NYT article, pantsula is defined as combining “precise and technical footwork and house music, (while using) hectic city streets as their stage, surrounded by traffic, pedestrians and vendors”. The dance moves are steeped in history, both cultural and political, and rooted in the African sense of community and the joy of freedom of movement.And it is not merely a dance of improvisation and spontaneity, with many dancers forming well-coordinated troupes that practise long hours to come up with the best and most original routines. For many in the townships, the pantsula dancer is both a hero and an entertainer.Together with German writer Daniela Goeller, Saunders set out in 2012 to comprehensively document the real story behind the dance, intent on recording the art form’s greater significance in modern South African youth culture. “There is no coherent documentation about this dance form, its history, where it comes from,” Goeller said in the NYT article. “There is really an opportunity to gather this information so this culture can be recognised.”Saunders explains that he didn’t want to focus on the negativity that surrounds the reality of a lot of people’s lives in the pantsula scene. “I wanted to focus on the dance, the beauty of the culture and what they’re trying to portray to the world.”Goeller, Saunders and four of the most respected pantsula dancers in Johannesburg have since founded the Impilo Mapantsula collective. It unites over 50 pantsula troupes from around Gauteng, supporting their professional development and improving their personal circumstances.Proceeds from Saunders’ photography exhibitions around the world, as well as a book with Goeller that documents the history and culture of pantsula, will contribute to helping the dancers fulfil their dance dreams and personal goals.Source: News24Wire/New York Timeslast_img read more

Dusi to showcase SA development canoeing

first_img27 January 2014A flood of young, black talent from throughout KwaZulu-Natal and around South Africa is set to descend on the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon as the sport’s development programmes continue to make a big impact. The 120-kilometre marathon takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban from 13 to 15 February.In the past canoeing had been seen by many as a sport for the elite, but those times are gone and the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Sport and Recreation has signed on as a major sponsor of the event, which includes providing support for paddlers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.Provincial Sport and Recreation Minister Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha believes events such as the Dusi are important for the province.‘A major sporting event’“The Dusi Canoe Marathon is a major sporting event in the province and it is key for us to maintain it as an event,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said in a statement on Friday.“With it being such an important event, it draws in people from all over the country and even overseas, which turns the spotlight onto the province, something that is beneficial for us from both an economic and tourism point of view.”Drawing people to Pietermaritzburg and Durban for the event is an element that the Department of Sport and Recreation felt they needed to manage and promote and that has formed an important part of their relationship with the iconic race.Maximising economic growth“Pietermaritzburg and Durban are popular cities in the province when it comes to hosting major sporting events,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said. “With a three-day event, the amount of people that pass through both centres is increased significantly and maximising the economic growth from the influx of people is important for us as a department.”The department has not only taken on the role of being a major sponsor for the event but, by sponsoring this year’s race, they have also shown confidence in the numerous development initiatives that have been set up to encourage canoeing development throughout the province.‘Really encouraged’“We have been really encouraged by what we have seen in terms of development,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said. “There are a number of people that have grabbed the opportunity to spread the sport to the previously disadvantaged and we find that hugely positive.”A number of development initiatives have been set up around the province to help young people get involved in the sport of canoeing with the MEC praising the efforts of the Natal Canoe Club, the organisers of the Dusi, after the canoeing giants recently formed a strong squad of emerging paddlers.‘Making it accessible’“We really need to thank the Natal Canoe Club for what they have done for the development of canoeing. They have taken on the development of a number of paddlers and have gone a long way in taking the sport from a previously elite sport to making it accessible for everyone,” she said.Since the Natal Canoe Club Development Academy started in April 2013, over 2 000 children have been introduced to the sport. The club has also expanded its programme from its home at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to two other sites, at Henley and Hopewell.Now into its 63rd year of existence, the Dusi Canoe Marathon stands as one of South Africa’s most iconic sporting events staged within and is regarded by many as one of the most prestigious canoeing event in the world.“It was important for us to be involved in one of the major events in the province and it is also vital that we give these young people the opportunity to experience being a part of such an important event,” Sibhidla-Saphetha said.‘Building social cohesion’“The sport, as all sports do, provides young people with a form of discipline and being able to work towards something is hugely important for them and for us. It goes a long way in building social cohesion in the province.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video

first_imgThese four simple rules can help you capture the perfect slow-motion sequence for your next project — without overpowering the scene.In this tutorial, we go over some simple rules to follow when capturing and creating slow-motion sequences. Slow-motion is a powerful tool, but if you don’t handle it properly, it can ruin your project.Let’s take a look at some best practices to keep you on track. 1. Don’t Overuse ItFar too many content creators use this tool as a cinematic crutch. The value of higher frame rates is in quality, not quantity. If you use this effect for every single moment in a scene, it will become dull. Save it for important moments.2. Keep It SteadyIf you’re in a pinch, and you don’t have a stabilizer handy, shooting anywhere from 60 fps to 120 fps is a great way to smooth a handheld shot. This will allow you to capture more dynamic coverage that you can stabilize in post by slowing it down.3. Motion and EmotionSlow-motion moments work best when there’s either fast motion or intense emotions. If someone laughs, cries, yells, or screams, chances are it will translate well in slow-motion. The same goes for anything with a lot of movement. Essentially, any detail that moves too quickly for the human eye — running, jumping, slapping, splashing — looks epic in slow-motion.4. When and WhereSlow motion should always enhance a moment. If there’s nothing to gain by changing the frame rate, then don’t do it. Clearly, slow-motion sequences are noticeable, but they shouldn’t pull the viewer out of the larger scene. Think about how, when, and for how long you can sustain a slow-motion sequence, and use it to enhance the scene, not draw it out.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Typewriter” by Wolves“Ear Candy” by FlorianLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.How to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesVideo Tutorial: How to Use Premiere’s New Freeform View6 New Features in Premiere Pro’s Essential Graphics PanelHow to Perfectly Position Your Content in Premiere Pro 2019Tutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After Effectslast_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up vs Leicester

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Leicester City Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Guardiola Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening Manchester City host Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways following their draw at Burnley last weekend.City players and staff were given three days off away from football after the game at Turf Moor and they reported back for training on Wednesday.Pep Guardiola sees that short break as very important ahead of a run of especially important fixtures, although of course it was not long enough for some of his longer-term injuries to recover. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN CITY INJURIES Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy will be out for several more weeks yet, while Fabian Delph is thought to be nearing a return, though his exact status is unknown.Leroy Sane was pictured with the main group as they trained on Thursday, and there has been some suggestion this week that the German could be back sooner than the initial six-to-seven-week timeframe.John Stones missed the game at Burnley as he was not fully fit, but he is in contention to face Leicester.David Silva also missed the Burnley clash and Guardiola suggested on Friday that he will be fit enough to return this weekend.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Guardiola’s three main selection decisions will concern at left-back, centre-back and central midfield. Should David Silva not be fit enough, Ilkay Gundogan is most likely to replace him. At centre-back it could be a toss-up between Stones and recent arrival Aymeric Laporte, with Nicolas Otamendi likely to take the other spot.And at left-back Guardiola will have to decide whether to go for Oleksandr Zinchenko or Danilo. Zinchenko has been selected to play the games in which City are expected to do most of the attacking, while Danilo has come in for games where more defending is required, so it will be interesting to see who is selected to deal with Leicester, who are especially dangerous on the counter-attack.Guardiola does not have too many other options at present, so further rotations ahead of games against Basel, Arsenal (twice), and Chelsea are hard to imagine.Man City XILEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS Riyad Mahrez could make his return for Leicester after going on strike over the Foxes’ refusal to sell him to Manchester City in January.The winger has not trained for more than 10 days but while Claude Puel confirmed that he will not feature at the Etihad Stadium, it has been widely reported that he reported for duty on Friday and wants to play.Leicester will be waiting to see if Ben Chilwell can return after missing last weekend’s game with Swansea City, while Wes Morgan is building towards full fitness. The Foxes have not won in their last two games, losing to Everton on January 31 and drawing with Swansea.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City have lost 67 per cent of their home Premier League matches against Leicester (4 out of 6), their highest percentage of home defeats against any club in the Premier League. Leicester City haven’t lost three consecutive league matches against Man City since August 1961. The Citizens have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League home games; the most they’ve done is six (December 2013), while the record in the division is seven games, by Manchester United in March 2010. Leicester City haven’t collected a single point in any of their last nine Premier League matches against sides starting that day top of the league, losing all nine by an aggregate score of 3-20. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 25 home Premier League games (W20 D5); it’s the 14th such run of 25+ games in Premier League history, and the longest since Chelsea’s run of 26 that ended in April 2014.   After a seven-game unbeaten run on the road (W3 D4), the Foxes have picked up just one point from their last 12 available away in the Premier League (W0 D1 L3).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) on Saturday, February 10 and the game will be shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom It will be shown on NBC and Universo in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more