South Africa

Gregory Maqoma / Via Katlehong

Via Kanana

Tour Dates

Duration: 70 mins., no interval

April 26, 2020

Zürich

18:00

Ticket
April 27, 2020

Zürich

20:00

Ticket
April 29, 2020

Vernier

20:00

Ticket
May 1, 2020

Pully

20:30

Ticket
May 3, 2020

Bern

20:00

Ticket
May 6, 2020

Basel

20:00

Ticket
May 8, 2020

La Tour-de-Trême

20:00

Ticket
Ticket information

Gessnerallee Zürich

Zürich

Gessnerallee 8

www.gessnerallee.ch +41 44 225 81 11

Gessnerallee Zürich

Zürich

Gessnerallee 8

www.gessnerallee.ch +41 44 225 81 11

Salle du Lignon

Vernier

Place du Lignon 16

www.vernier.ch +41 22 306 07 80

L’Octogone Théâtre de Pully

Pully

Avenue de Lavaux 41

www.theatre-octogone.ch +41 21 721 36 20

Dampfzentrale Bern

Bern

Marzilistrasse 47

www.dampfzentrale.ch

Kaserne Basel

Basel

Klybeckstrasse 1b

www.kaserne-basel.ch +41 61 666 60 00

Salle CO2

La Tour-de-Trême

Rte de la Ronclina 4

www.co2-spectacle.ch +41 26 913 15 46

This impressive dance production from South Africa is an attack on corruption, which has a firm grasp on many states in this world, slowly corroding societies from within. Via Kathlehong is a moving proof that one is not helpless in the face of this phenomenon. Founded in 1992 as a community project in Katlehong, a township in the catchment area of Johannesburg, it gradually developed into a professional dance company. Its works are based on the pantsula, a street dance from the townships. By adding traditional elements of African dances, hip hop and gumboot dance, Via Kathlehong have turned the original meaning of the pantsula into its opposite: while originally glorifying violence and crime, the dance now serves to denounce inequality and political grievances. Gregory Maqoma exemplifies this in «Via Kanana». The choreographer has combined dance and film sequences, singing and political texts to an emotionally charged fusion of the arts. Rebelliously, angrily, yet with undiminished optimism, the ensemble dances, stamps and sings and fights for a better world. Breathtaking!

Gregory Maqoma

Gregory Maqoma

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, from Soweto, was born in 1973. He became interested in dance in the late 80s. In 1990, he started his dance training at Moving Into Dance (where he has been associate artistic director since 2002) and in 1999 at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium. In the latter year, he founded the Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT). Magoma works internationally as a guest choreographer, dancer, director and script writer. In 2010, he was chief choreographer for the kick-off concert at the FIFA World Cup in Soweto and appeared for the first time at Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps with «Beautiful Me». Picture: Marijke Willems

Programme:

Via Kanana

Choreography:

Gregory Maqoma

Music:

Samuel Makhathade Khabane

Costumes:

DarkDindie Styling Concepts

Lighting:

Oliver Hauser/Hauser Lighting Design

Lighting technology:

Alexander Farmer

Video:

Jurgen Meekel

Text:

Keynote speech by Prof. PLO Lumumba at the 3rd Anti-Corruption Convention on 2 December 2013 at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda

Black and white photos:

David Goldblatt

Dancers:

Tshepo Nchabeleng, Thato Qofela, Katleho Lekhula, Tshepo Mohlabane, Albert Gae, Abel Vilakazi, Lungile Mahlangu, Nthabeleng Rahlabaki

Project management:

Buru Mohlabane

Production management:

Steven Mpiyakhe Faleni

Production:

Damien Valette Prod

Co-producers:

Via Katlehong Dance, Maison de la Danse/Lyon, La Villette/Paris, Châteauvallon – Scène Nationale

Thanks to:

The Centre for the Less Good Idea (a support centre for the arts founded by William Kentridge in Maboneng/Johannesburg)

World premiere:

7/11/2017, Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France

Swiss premiere