Thlonepho Thobejane directed a vibrant expression of South African youth in Fantasma‘s new video for ‘Cat and Mouse’ feat. Mim Suleiman. Premiered today, it follows a group of young ballet dancers as they make their way through the township of Khayelitsha.
The video draws inspiration from Spoek Mathambo’s personal history; his mother is on the board of a Johannesburg-based dance company that has been going since the height of unrest in SA in the 70s. “I’ve seen how modern dance and ballet has offered kids from townships another reality,” the band’s frontman told Nowness.
What the end result doesn’t necessarily reveal is just how much was invested into the making of this video – most of the production team worked for free so that 70% of the budget could be donated to enable the kids to attend a ballet exchange in Europe. An additional challenge came in the form of the rudeness and aggression that the boys were met with during filming. “The scene where the township guy challenges them to a dance battle – the reality was a lot rougher,” Spoek says. “They were incredibly brave to do it.”