newsletter"If you wanna make the world a better placetake a look at yourself, and then make a change." – Michael Jackson

Are You Brave Enough to Face Your Reality is a place where street theatre meets film.

Through the project, young Pantsula dancers have learned to appreciate their art as well as find a future for themselves.

It all began in an alternative performance space called The Plat4orm, on 5 July 2014. More than 22 street dancers participated in workshops facilitated by the film industry's leading lecturers. The programme, and workshops focused on the art of telling one's own story effectively, scriptwriting and a holistic approach to performance, took place over 16 Saturdays.

From the very first workshop, the street dancers were exposed to a world outside their comfort zone and were pushed towards their fullest potential. Through the programme, they were introduced to the world of acting and were all challenged, stimulated, cultivated and moulded – preparing them all to find a home in the world of professional film and theatre.

And it has paid off - a number of the dancers feature in various film projects and commercials. Two of them, for example, are featured as extras on SABC 1's Tempy Pushers, which is currently airing. This is only the start of what we believe will introduce holistic performers to the industry - performers who are not afraid of their own realities, and who are capable of communicating their artistic gifts with confidence.

Given its success – and with the help of the Gauteng Film Commission – we will continue to hold "Are You Brave Enough to Face Your Reality" workshops each year. We will reach out to more street artists and give them a fighting chance to make it in the industry.

We would like to thank the Gauteng Film Commission for believing in this initiative.

"Uzoy'thola kanjani uhlel'ekhoneni." – Mduduzi "Mandoza" Tshabalala