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Gregory Maqoma

dance music French Premiere



A major figure in South African dance, Gregory Maqoma returns to the Festival de Marseille with his company Vuyani and four singers to present a choral piece that successfully combines voice and body, performed to one of the masterpieces of the western classical repertoire.

Gregory Maqoma’s nine dancers and four singers give physical form to the poetic writing of Zakes Mda, transitioning from majestic immobility to a collective energy that brings Ravel’s Bolero from the deep. He has the strength to deal with painful themes without pathos but with matchless vitality and sensitivity. Maqoma often works alongside Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Dada Masilo and William Kentridge, setting the stage alight with his melodic approach to dance and his operatic vision of group work. Here, with “isicathamiya” (a capella singing performed by South African Zulus), he presents a thrilling epic and a message of hope: that the fear of death inherent in humanity can be vanquished.


Performance presented in collaboration with the Holland Festival

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Duration 70'


Full price 28€
Concessions 24€
Under 26 10€

Under 12 5€

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Conception et chorégraphie Gregory Maqoma Assistant à la chorégraphie et à la dramaturgie Shanell Winlock Assistant aux répétitions Lulu Mlangeni Direction musicale et composition Nhlanhla Mahlangu Aide à la composition Xolisile Bongwana Costumes BlackCoffee Scénographie et direction technique Oliver Hauser Création lumière Mannie Manim Accessoires Wesley Mabizela Création sonore Ntuthuko Mbuyazi Régie son Katleho Mokgothu Danseurs Otto Andile Nhlapo, Roseline Wilkens, Thabang Mojapelo, Smangaliso Ngwenya, Katleho Lekhula, Itumeleng Tsoeu, Lungile Mahlangu, Ernest Balene, Nathan Botha Musiciens Thabang Mkhwanazi, Sbusiso Shozi, Simphiwe Bonongo, Xolisile Bongwana Président du conseil d’administration du Vuyani Dance Theatre Thandiwe Msibi Membres du conseil d’administration Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa, Vonani Mathebula, Dumo Mbethe Direction créative exécutive Gregory Maqoma Direction administrative Lindiwe Letwaba Production et communication Siyandiswa Dokoda Assistant technique Wesley Mabizel Soutiens Justice Edwin Cameron, Advocate Nomvula Mokhatla, Dr Sibongile Khumalo Crédit photos Siphosihle Mkhwanazi

Sponsor The National Lotteries Commission Partenaire media Creative Feel Sponsor media Kaya FM Auteur de Cion Zakes Mda Coproduction The Market Theatre

Vuyani Dance Theatre reçoit le soutien de The National Lotteries Commission.


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