SCARS - a film about dance and race in South Africa
June 4, 2012
Two well-known Cape Town dancers – Megan Erasmus and Celeste Botha, both mixed race – trace their ancestry through dance and drama. At the heart of Scars is the stage show of the same name, an exploration through dance, voiceover and physical theatre of what it means to be coloured in 2011 as well as the importance of roots and heritage.Between scenes from the show are frank, intimate interviews with both women and their families, and it’s here that the film is at its most compelling, revealing telling glimpses of hidden prejudices, rarely spoken truisms and touching moments of almost throw-away epiphany.Scars offers a window into the world of dance as the women conceptualize, debate and rehearse the stage show. The convergence of race and dance is one of Scars‘ most intriguing elements. What, after all, is the difference between white and black dance, has a South African convergence happened yet and, once again, how does being coloured influence it?