Battery Dance presents a dance theatre musical, PULA! Botswana on Broadway, sponsored by the Botswana Tourism Organisation, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 3pm and 8pm and Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8pm at The PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway, NYC. Tickets start at $40 and are available at www.botswanaonbroadway.com.
Pula, or rain, is highly cherished in Botswana, a semi-arid country in Africa. This fictional play – anchored on the practical and mystical relationship that Batswana have with rain – traces how rain brings humans, plants and animals under one Botswana sky.
Because of this close relationship with rain, Batswana have always had endless names for rain depending on whether the rain is creating or destroying, whether it is before or after the planting of crops. And so, when drought hits one tiny village in Botswana, the chief assembles his villagers to find a solution. One young woman, Mmapula, is identified as the Rainmaker who must set forth in adventurous search of a specific type of life-giving rain for her people.
This spell-binding musical from Botswana chronicles a rainmaker’s quest to regain her powers. Her physical and spiritual rite of passage takes her to the inland delta and savannas of their homeland whereupon she consults tribespeople, and animal and plant communities for wisdom. In this community, where life is lived in communion with all living beings, the Rainmaker – through traditional song and dance – unites all creation toward the goal of bringing rain to her desert land. The result is an exhilarating celebration of all life, with a powerful heart-warming twist.
I love Botswana Ensemble was co-created and produced by Botswana Tourism Organisation as well as Mophato Dance Theatre under the direction of Andrew Letso Kola for the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin 2017 conference in Germany. Botswana was the first sub-Saharan country to partner with ITB, the largest travel show in the world. The ensemble is a collaborative assortment of seven modern and traditional performing arts groups which have come together to tell cultural stories of humanity and the earth through the ever enigmatic of Botswana lens. I love Botswana represented and raised the Botswana flag in Germany, USA, and Denmark in March and August 2017 respectively. The ensemble promotes cultural tourism through music, dance and acting.
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