Via Injabulo, 03. - 05. November 2023

Via Injabulo,
03. - 05. November 2023

A feast of explosive dance and rousing rhythms from the townships.

  • Duration75 min
  • Price165 - 360
  • StageMain stage

Dates & times

Via Katlehong Dance is named after the township in South Africa's East Rand where it began as a community project in 1992. Young people are challenged to express their hard lives through their music and dance. With a message of unmistakable optimism: a better world is possible. The basis is formed by the pantsula, an ultra-energetic dance that came into existence during the apartheid regime. Via Katlehong's strength is that the group innovatively combines the pantsula with other dances, such as tap, step and gumboot, the 'miner's dance' based on hitting the thighs and calves. But the pantsula is much more than just dance; it is a lifestyle encapsulated in fashion, music, gesture codes and language with which the youth of the townships identify and express themselves.

For the first work in Via Injabulo, førm Inførms, Marco da Silva Ferreira explores the meaning of dance in the social context, how it can lead to a collective identity. Pantsula, house dance and other street dance styles are shaken into a cocktail of pulsating energy. In Emaphakathini, Franco-Senegalese choreographer Amala Dianor draws on the personal histories of the performers to pull down boundaries between people and dance disciplines. The aim is to create a common new space, an 'in-between space', or Emaphakathini in Zulu.

The result is one big feast of rousing rhythms and shared energy. Shouting, whistling, stamping your feet, clapping your hands: everyone can join in. In fact, it is impossible to remain sitting on your chair.

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  • Choreographyi førm Inførms

    Marco Da Silva Ferreira

  • Choreography Emaphakathini

    Amala Dianor

  • Dancers

    Thulisile Binda
    Lungile Mahlangu
    Tshepo Mohlabane
    Kgadi Motsoane
    Tshepo Nchabeleng
    Thembi Ngwenya
    Thato Qofela
    Abel Vilakazi

  • Music førm Inførms

    Jonathan Uliel Saldanha

  • Music Emaphakathini

    Awir Leon

  • Lighting

    Cárin Geada

  • Costumes førm Inførms

    Dark Dindie styling concept

  • Costumes Emaphakathini

    Julia Burnham

  • Stage Manager

    Alexander Farmer

  • Project Directors

    Buru Mohlabane
    Steven Faleni (Via Katlehong)

  • Booking

    Damien Valette

  • coordination

    Alice Tabernat

  • Production

    Via Katlehong Dance, Damien Valette Prod

Coproduction : Chaillot Théâtre National de la Danse, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Maison de la Danse - Lyon, Festival DDD - Teatro Municipal do Porto, Le Grand T – Théâtre de Loire Atlantique, Créteil - Maison des Arts, Festival d’Avignon, Espace 1789 – Scène conventionnée danse de Saint-Ouen

Thanks to the City of Ekurhuleni : Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Department

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