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Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero. Part of Dance Umbrella

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Thu 17 Oct - Sat 19 Oct, 7.45pm

About Cion

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. Age Recommendation: 12+