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On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Gregory Maqoma about CION and celebrating 20 years of Vuyani Dance Theatre.
Gregory Maqoma’s Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero is inspired by Zakes Mda’s Cion.
With his contemporary African dance company, Gregory Maqoma shares an innovative, visually stunning full-length work that brings literature to life. For this gala season at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre, the production will see twenty dancers and sixteen musicians on stage in an amplified production. In Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro, Maqoma draws inspiration from creations by two artists: the character Toloki in South African author Zakes Mda’s novel Cion, and music from French composer Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.
“The world has changed from what we imagined it to be; we are all victims clouded by fear. This work stands against that dark cloud and brings us light and hope that humanity still exists, even in our darkest times”, says Gregory Maqoma, the artistic director of Vuyani Dance Theatre.
“Death is a universal rite of passage, and the universe of greed, power and religion has led us to be professional mourners who transform the horror of death and the pain of mourning into a narrative without feeling for life,” he adds.
Listen to the interview with Gregory Maqoma here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am