Cion

Cion

Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero. Part of Dance Umbrella

Overview

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+

Critic reviews

There is no denying that Cion is a spectacular display of the beauty that comes from the marriage of great dance and music

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 17 Oct - Sat 19 Oct, 7.45pm
Runtime: 1 hr 10 mins

Venue

Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions

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