23 – 25 Sept 2022

State Theatre, Pretoria

The State Theatre presents in collaboration with Cape Town City Ballet, a double bill, showcasing George Balanchine’s “Serenade” and Mthuthuzeli November’s Olivier Award-winning “Ingoma”.

Two individual dance works of distinctive genres uniting in one production, showcasing the multiplicity of global dance language.

Tickets cost R130. Bookings can be made at Webtickets here

© Cape Town City Ballet in Mthuthuzeli November’s Olivier Award-winning Ingoma. Photo credit Danie Coetzee

© Cape Town City Ballet in Mthuthuzeli November’s Olivier Award-winning Ingoma. Photo credit Danie Coetzee

INGOMA is a compelling fusion of ballet, African dance and song, engaging in a universal theme about being human and being true to yourself. Inspired by the artwork of Gerard Sekoto, most particularly the Song of the Pick and his Blue Head, it explores the milestone Witwatersrand miners’ strike of 1946,  imagining the struggles of black miners and their loved ones as thousands of miners bravely embarked on strike action for better wages.

Design is by internationally acclaimed, London based designer Yann Seabra. South African Peter Johnson composed the music for the production, marking his third collaboration with November after Cape Dance Company’s Visceral and Sun. Asisipho Malunga completes the creative team as dramaturge and vocalist.

Serenade, Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. with four movements; Sonatina, Waltz, Russian Dance and Elegy, neo-classical George Balanchine’s SERENADE is one of Balanchine’s most beautiful ballets and a milestone in the history of dance as the first original ballet he created in America. It remains a signature work of the New York City Ballet’s repertory and will be staged for CTCB by Rebecca Metzger.

Two individual dance works of distinctive genres uniting in one production, showcasing the multiplicity of global dance language.

Tickets cost R130. Bookings can be made at Webtickets here

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