A choreographer Confined to no boundaries

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Lulu Mlangeni’s career took off after she won the TV show, So you think you can dance, in 2010 – her new dance piece Confined is at the Market Theatre.

Lulu Mlangeni and Sunnyboy Motau performing in Confined. Photographer: Apelele Mlazi.
Lulu Mlangeni and Sunnyboy Motau performing in Confined. Photographer: Apelele Mlazi.

In 2014, she was the inaugural recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Voice Award. The Award which is the brainchild of the Market Theatre’s Artistic Director, James Ngcobo, was created to recognise creative talent that is breaking boundaries.

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Lulu Mlangeni’s new dance piece, Confined, is inspired by the life political stalwart, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, affectionately known as Mam Winnie. In Confined, Lulu brings under the spotlight the lives of women who embrace challenges, break societal barriers and fight oppressive systems to survive. The work celebrates women who have endured discrimination, hardships in their lives and who inspire and provide optimism about the future.

Lulu Mlangeni will take to the stage with multi-award-winning dancer Sunnyboy Motau. The dynamic duo will be accompanied by the Vuyani Dance Company dancers. Lulu will also work with the popular group Complete, which has wowed audience across South Africa with their a cappella music which was made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Vuyani's Lulu Mlangeni flies SA flag high at US Dance Fest
Vuyani’s Lulu Mlangeni flies SA flag high at US Dance Fest

Confined is presented with support from Department of Arts & Culture’s Incubator Programme grant. The Incubator Programme was initiated by the Department of Arts & Culture in 2015 to provide additional skills to mid-level theatre practitioners and to create more artistic works of local content. Over the past 3 years, the Incubator Programme has enhanced the talent and professionalism of numerous young artists in the disciplines of drama, dance, music, poetry and photography.

Confined will premiere at the Market Theatre for a limited season from 26 January – 4 February 2018. Online bookings can be made at www.webtickets.co.za or www.markettheatre.co.za

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