Leading US artist teaches township pupils about art, drama and mime

MOVEMENT AS ART: Curtis Peter van Gorder, back, teaches the art of mime to, from left, Khanyisile Fibi, Lihle Sithole and Zintle Palaza, all from Lwandlekazi High School in New Brighton. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
MOVEMENT AS ART: Curtis Peter van Gorder, back, teaches the art of mime to, from left, Khanyisile Fibi, Lihle Sithole and Zintle Palaza, all from Lwandlekazi High School in New Brighton. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

MORE than 50 children from informal settlements around Nelson Mandela Bay had their first mime experience yesterday thanks to an initiative held at the Mater Dei Catholic Church in Newton Park.

The 54 children – aged between 14 and 18 – were taught about different elements of art, drama and mime as part of US mime artist Curtis Peter van Gorder’s upliftment initiative, hosted by non-governmental organisations Family Mission and Masimyusane.

Family Mission founder Romano Satanassi said they hoped to expose the teenagers to something they would rarely experience under normal circumstances.

Port Elizabeth is Van Gorder’s first South African stop on his international tour. – Tremaine van Aardt

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