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Gregory Maqoma - Vuyani Dance Theatre on Tour

In January, Gregory Maqoma and his company The Vuyani Dance Theatre will perform in New York, Washington D.C., and Fairfield University, Connecticut. 

Presented in June 2019 at the Festival de Marseille, Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro is a universal story encompassing the past and the present, championing our ability to band together to share the burden of grief. In Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro, Maqoma draws inspiration from creations by two artists: the character Toloki in South African author Zakes Mda’s novel Cion, and music from French composer Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. Set in a graveyard with the persistent cries of people in mourning and the a cappella music of Isicathamiya singers in the background, the performance vividly elicits emotions associated with the loss of life. Ultimately, Maqoma has created a powerful requiem that seeks to stand against the darkness of death and bring audiences hope for humanity.

Touring Schedule :

Prototype Festival, Joyce Theater, New York: January 14 to 18, 2020

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.: January 24 to 25, 2020

Quickcenter, Fairfield University, Connecticut:  January 31, 2020

About Gregory Maqoma:

Maqoma's collaborations with top artists have been making waves across the globe—from William Kentridge’s acclaimed production of The Head and the Load, which made its North American premiere in New York in 2018, to Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s new multimedia musical Tree, which will premiere in the UK in June 2019. For his D.C. engagement, Maqoma’s contemporary dance company Vuyani Dance Theatre performs an innovative, visually stunning full-length work that brings literature to life.

About Vuyani Dance Theatre

The Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) is a contemporary African dance company founded in 1999 by Creative Director Gregory Maqoma. After years of gracing international and local stages, VDT is positioned as one of the most cutting-edge, thought-provoking and successful dance and theatrical organisations to have emerged in Africa. VDT is spot-on regarding its artistic objective of producing work that questions and challenges social values while, simultaneously, exploiting history as a launch pad for (material) research and development.

Various themes of concern to young people are also addressed through collaborative methods and forms that involve music and dance styles that are in keeping with the performers’ own lives. Vuyani Dance Theatre approach embraces – in a dynamic and theatrical way – the many tastes, the different motivations, and the diverse cultures that shape the uniqueness of the South African society. Such is achievable courtesy of a pool of diligent creators and dancers who invariably express themselves with artistic excellence.

The company has performed in Europe, the USA, Africa, Mexico and New Zealand. It has scooped top awards in South Africa for dance and choreography and continues to receive international recognition.

With a French Premiere at the Festival de Marseille in June 2019.