sampad Present Tribhangi Dance Theatre: Sisonke – Together

sampad Present Tribhangi Dance Theatre: Sisonke - Together

After a successful visit to the UK in 2005, Johannesburg based cross-cultural dance company, Tribhangi Dance Theatre, will be touring the UK as part of a continuing international collaboration between sampad, Birmingham and Johannesburg. Sisonke – Together will be performed at Midlands Arts Centre mac on Friday 27th October at 8pm.

Under the guidance and vision of Artistic Director Jayesperi Moopen, Tribhangi combine Bharatanatyam and African styles to percussion rhythms from both traditions, challenging the notion of Indian dance within South African context. This pioneering and unique dance company represent the post-apartheid era by crossing over cultural boundaries and uniting communities through inter-cultural dialogue based on Zulu and Indian dance.

This tour presents both new material and revised work, choreographed by Jayesperi Moopen, together with Mxolisi Ngwenya, Sibusiko Kubeka, Vincent Zwane and the company. Tribhangi’s uniqueness lies in their boldness to constantly take risks when creating dance work that is meaningful and significant in an ever-changing environment.

Tribhangi Dance Theatre will arrive in the UK following their performance at the Kalanidhi International Dance Festival in Toronto, Canada. Since their last tour in the UK, the company have also performed at various festivals and venues in India, South Africa and Europe, including performances during the World Cup 2006, which took place in Germany last summer.

Tribhangi’s tour will include workshops in some of the tour venues, including a dance workshop for schools and groups at mac on Friday 27 October, 2 – 4pm, and INSET Training Day for Secondary School teachers on Tuesday 10 October. The company will also work with young dancers to produce new work in two Choreolabs, which will take place in Gloucester and Birmingham. These new pieces will be presented as short curtain raisers before the Tribhangi performances in the above venues.

“… these are talking feet, talking drums, talking souls. Beautiful South African bodies steeped in different cultural heritages and rhythms converge”
Adrienne Sichel, Dance Critic

“One of the greatest performances I have ever seen. Anywhere. At any time.”
Sid Langley, Birmingham Post

“…although not everyone can be a great dancer, anyone is capable of experiencing the magic that makes dancing great”
Jayesperi Moopen, Artistic Director


Tickets: £10, £7 concs.
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on tour in the UK 9 – 28 October 2006

Region: All
Start Date: 27/10/2006
End Date: 27/10/2006
Start Time: 20:00
Venue: mac Theatre
Venue Address: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
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