(The cast of Ukuzinza - Pic by Val Adamson)
It is said that when you are born in Africa, Africa is born in you. A continent of great promises, it is the place where we can be ourselves and the place where we can remake ourselves in the image of our dreams, Africa. It is a land full of rich culture, traditions, beliefs and hopes. Africa is our home.
This is the premise that underpins Ukuzinza, a vibrant Playhouse Company dance production created for of the Playhouse Dance Residency. The brainchild of noted South African choreographer, Mzokuthula Gasa, Ukuzinza - meaning ‘rooted’ or ‘grounded’ in English - features a company of 10 dancers. The production marks something of a homecoming for Durban-born Gasa, who now lives in Cape Town, following a five year stint working in England.
He is excited to be working with the Playhouse dancers on the new show, which has a running time of one hour. It will feature music composed by Elvis Sibeko among others, with lighting designed by Bamanye Yeko. Ukuzinza runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from 23 to 27 May, as part of The Playhouse Company’s 2018 New Stages Festival. Tickets are R80.00 (public performances) and R30 (schools performances). Show times are 24 May at 19h30 (opening); 25 May at 19h30; and 26 May at 14h30 and 19h30. Schools performances are on 23 and 24 May at 10h30. There is an age restriction of 13 years. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com.
For further particulars with regard to other New Stages shows, log onto www.playhousecompany.com or call 031-369 9540 (office hours).
-Interviews & photos available on request.
Issued for The Playhouse Company
By William Charlton-Perkins