Cion: Requiem Of Ravels Bolero

October

17

Thursday

A rousing dance theatre work that stands for hope against the darkness, Cion transfixes us with choreography of rhythmic dexterity and ecstatic intensity to the sound of a live South African choir.

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 Ravels Bolero, reinterpreted here through percussion and voice the stirring harmonies sung by four traditional 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-Armahs Tree.

Duration: 1 hour 10 mins, no interval
Age guidance: 12+

Fri 18 Oct
Post-show talk
Free to same-day ticket holders

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