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Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero - Part of Dance Umbrella

Standing for hope against darkness, Vuyani Dance Theatre’s rousing show transfixes with choreography of rhythmic dexterity and ecstatic intensity to the sound of a South African a cappella quartet. 

Celebrated choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma embodies professional mourner Toloki – a character inspired by the protagonist of Ways of Dying and Cion, novels by South African author Zakes Mda. Joined by eight gifted performers from Vuyani Dance Theatre, the company confronts a universe in which greed, power and religion lead so often to the normalisation of death and loss. The physical lament unfolds to Ravel’s Bolero, reinterpreted here through percussion and voice – the stirring harmonies sung live by four vocalists .

Maqoma, who sees art as a commentary on how human beings treat each other, created this soaring piece as a response to recent political events in his own country and globally. He performs here as part of Dance Umbrella 2019, having choreographed Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Tree.

Creative team
Gregory Maqoma  Concept, Choreographer, Dancer
Shanell Winlock  Dramaturgy
Nhlanhla Mahlangu  Musical Director, Composer
BlackCoffee  Costumes
Oliver Hauser  Set Design
Mannie Manim  Lighting
Wesley Mabizela  Props
Ntuthuko Mbuyazi  Sound

Otto Andile Nhlapo  Dancer
Roseline Wilkens  Dancer
Thabang Mojapelo  Dancer
Smangaliso Ngwenya  Dancer
Katleho Lekhula  Dancer
Itumeleng Tsoeu  Dancer
Lungile Mahlangu  Dancer
Ernest Balene  Dancer
Nathan Botha  Dancer
Siphiwe Nkabinde  Musician
Sbusiso Shozi  Musician
Simphiwe Bonongo  Musician
Zandile Hlatshwayo  Musician

Event starts
Thursday 17 October, 2019
Event ends
Saturday 19 October, 2019
Barbican Theatre
Venue Address
Silk Street

London , London

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