Saturday’s staging by Durban’s Playhouse Company of its 6th annual Ingoma Competition was attended by large crowds from across KwaZulu-Natal.
They were there to cheer their favourite groups on to achieve success against stiff competition. The day was notable for the extremely high level of accomplishment among the groups.
From the start of the day’s programme, which ran from 9am until mid-afternoon, they each exhibited their superbly rehearsed and excitingly choreographed dance routines, attired in colourful costumes, as they competed in the seven dance styles that exist with the Zulu culture, namely: Isigekle, Ingoma Sikhuze, uMzansi, Ingoma Yezintombi, Ingoma Yezinsizwa, uShameni, and Indlamu.
Presented by The Playhouse Company, an agency of The Department of Arts and Culture, the spectacular event took place at Curries Fountain (Berea), with 40 Zulu dance groups competing for prizes, trophies and prestige, with the total prize money offered at the value of R197 400.
“We were delighted with the day’s outcome,” said Linda Bukhosini, The Playhouse Company’s CEO and Artistic Director. “The Playhouse Company’s mandate is to produce equitable programmes of live theatre productions in the fields of music, drama and dance which are representative of all our diverse cultural groups that comprise the population of KwaZulu-Natal. We are proud that as an institution we have been able to cement our reputation in producing a competition of this magnitude which upholds and celebrates our wonderful various traditional art forms.”
“Judging by the spirit of excitement and togetherness that was palpable throughout the day,” Bukhosini added, “our traditional Zulu dance audience felt a great sense of fulfilment in having watched their own artists shine so magnificently. We at The Playhouse Company were overjoyed to see them whole-heartedly enjoying themselves, spending time together with us in celebrating our rich Zulu culture.”
Admission was free to all.