The Mzansi Ballet will be performing at the ETIENNE ROUSSEAU THEATRE on 24th and 25th March. The curtain raisers will be by the Sasolburg local dancing schools.
Also, on offer, will be the workshop “Bengingazi”. This is a remarkable fusion of contemporary, ballet and “pantsula” dancing from Soweto. As the story opens, a man from Soweto, skilled in the art of pantsula dancing, meets a classical ballerina. Despite the cultural differences they start an affair and unbeknown to the man produce a son. The son is brought up in the world of classical ballet, until one day the mother sees the father training a group of young men in the art of pantsula, and she decides to introduce the son to the father. The two worlds collide, and the father insists the son learns pantsula dancing. The son is hooked and immerses himself in the new world. They all finally learn that it does not have to be a choice of one world or the other, but it can be both.
The audience can look forward to spectacular pas de deux and solos form The Dying Swan, Paquita and Le Corsaire. The new work Bengingazi is collectively choreographed by renowned South African choreographer Adele Blank, Angela Revie and Madamore, with music by Nic Paton and are performed by famous South African dancers Angela Malan, Craig Arnolds and Michael Revie. Flamenco dancer, Ndumiso Tafeni, and pantsula dancers Alexandra Rockstars and Madamore.
The performances will be held at Ettienne Rosseau Theatre, Sasolburg on the 24th 19h00 and 25th March at 15h00. The Workshops will be held from Friday till Sunday. Ticket prices R150 per ticket for shows and R250 per ticket for workshop 3 days
Bengingazi is funded by the National Lotteries Commission