Soweto-born performance artist, designer and musician, Manthe Ribane, helped showcase the latest Nike innovation this past month. The all-women meeting of creative and artistic minds was held at Nirox Sculpture Park on Saturday, 19 May to unveil the new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35.
Manthe combined the power of the mind, body and soul into a visual performance that included live mannequins that brought the concept of “She flies” to life, followed by an experiential run through the park. The experience brought together some of South Africa’s biggest game-changers including visual artist, Lady Skollie, dancer, Taryn Alberts, as well as young minds from Blackboard Africa. Speaking at a roundtable discussion following the run, Manthe and her guests explored the creative arts and the challenges facing women in South Africa.
Nike introduced the Pegasus in 1983 and was intended to be the shoe for every runner. It was designed to be half air to represent movement, quickness and the allure of flying. In its 35 years of life, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus has undergone major technology shifts and supported training efforts of countless everyday runners and some of the world’s best distance runners. The new shape offers responsive cushioning that improves transition and flexibility. The women’s silhouette now also features a slightly softer cushion foam specifically tuned for the female foot.