The theatre boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible artistic programme – with an emphasis on dance and movement this Africa Month. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years which make this an attractive proposition for entertainment in Johannesburg.
Dance Season seeks to inculcate an African identity through dance and to cement the theatre as a major force on the national and international dance scene.
Double bill season will premier two new dance pieces from Wednesday 22 till Sunday 26 May 2019, Mnquma and Legaga.
Mnquma choreographed by Xolisile Bongwana and David April is a quest of intersecting narratives to connect with their roots – Bayasibiza”. Mnquma seeks to uncover Bongwana’s personal narratives and to explore where it connects when dealing with his totems that connect his cultural roots in order to trace and have a deeper understanding of the past in order to have a clear sense of the future. The piece has evolved into Xolisile delving into his personal journey and truly connect with his ancestry.
The movement aesthetic of the production borrows from both Bongwana and April’s cultural backgrounds, that is, traditional isiXhosa and isiTswana dance forms. Mnquma is strongly married with original music compositions by Bongwana and No-Finish, a traditional Xhosa musician who achieved much recognition throughout her lifetime and regarded as the master of “uhadi” music.
Legaga is Teresa Phuti Mojela’s autobiography/ an exploration of memory, dreams and nightmares told through movement, song and text. Inspired by her personal journey as performer and woman, Legaga takes us through a journey from childhood to adulthood, a rite of passage and its complexities, difficulties, fears, rejections and tragedies. In this solo performance, Teresa was mentored by Shanell Winlock Pailman, the work was first premiered at My Body My Space Rural Festival in Mpumalanga then performed at POPart Theatre.
Mnquma and Legaga were both pieces were carefully selected to celebrate African Month at the theatre because of their strong cultural content and spiritual journeys that will take audiences back to their roots. The double bill season will captivate the attention of the country because of the connection to the continent.
Reviving and keeping dance alive in Johannesburg is an integral part of the African continent.
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641 ext 203 or 083 246 4950.
For further information, interviews and images, contact:
Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist, Market Theatre
011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867