Theatre & Cinema
Tabu-Flo rejuvenates school myths
Posted Saturday, October 5 2013 at 01:00
It is a fact that anyone who attended boarding school has a sound memory of the “kalabanda” myth. For the uninitiated, the kalabanda is a “ghost” believed to patrol students’ dormitories in the night and slap them at the slightest opportunity. Last Friday to Sunday, Tabu-Flo changed this myth into an afro-hip-pop-dance performance at the National Theatre auditorium.
On the opening night, revellers were ushered into “Tabu-Flo Secondary School” by girls clad in school uniforms who handed everyone that entered a copy of the school rules and regulations.
Nomatter how many times you watch it, Tabu-Flo’s choreography hooks you. The finger snaps lay down the challenge; the low-slung glissades and skittering step-ball-changes confirm the sense of danger.
To say that, in this era of mordernisation, the show has lost its punch is to miss the point. The “ghost” was not depicted by a framework of bones in this dance production but by someone wearing all white. For me, it seemed something like a real ghost. Accepted on these terms, the production was a joy.
Unlike most dance productions with structural problems, Tabu-Flo exhibited high mastery of choreography.
The production numbers were admirably sharp-edged five boys and two girls which gave one the chance to critically understand the show. The lighting by Fenon Records kept the emotions upright throughout the show.
According to one of the crew members, Da Hak, Tabu-Flo is a dance crew which came from The Break Dance Project. The group was registered as a company in 2010. It is based in Uganda but regularly performs in different countries. The company has eight to 10 members.