Dance Review: Mzanzi Ballet – Bengingazi: Fusion Of Forms, Or A Mixture Of Movement


Bruce Dennill

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Mzanzi Ballet: Bengingazi / Directed by Dirk Badenhorst / Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg


Bengingazi is a relatively compact (12 dancers) production that can be, and has been, staged in a number of different contexts – including at a resort in a game reserve. That flexibility is one facet of the vision behind it, which is to highlight both different kinds of dance and the fact that different artistic traditions need not be exclusive. This is a pleasing alternative, in terms of making statements about diversity, to some of the more heavy-handed straight theatre, spoken word or musical options presented elsewhere.

For the Montecasino Theatre run, the Bengingazi cast – ballet dancers Michael Revie, Angela Malan, Aaron Smyth, Angela Revie, Tayla De Bie and Veronica Louw; pantsula dancers Glen Baloyi, Nkosana Modise, Sithembiso Madamo, Silindile Mjoli and Thabang Masipa and flamenco dancer Ndumiso Tafeni – are given the full…

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