“The energy and exuberance of this dance form and these supremely skilled practitioners was electrifying”
Dance Tabs 4*

Pulsating with rhythmic energy and groove Via Kanana stands as an expression of light and hope, defying the adversity and fear caused by corruption in a post-apartheid era.

Choreographed by South African dance legend Gregory Maqoma, the dynamic artists of Via Katlehong bring the whistling, tapping, clapping rebellion of the quick-stepping Pantsula movement to the stage. As ambassadors of the culture, a way of life for township inhabitants, they articulate the angst, joy and boundless potential of their streets.

Enriched by video and a luminous choral score, Via Kanana speaks of a promised land not yet delivered, and humanity against the odds.

Join us post-show each night as the party continues with DJ Rabiah

Curated by Dance Umbrella Guest Programmer Freddie Opoku-Addaie

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Choreographer Gregory Maqoma

Composer Samuel Makhathada Khabane

Lighting Designer Oliver Hauser from Hauser Lighting Design

Videographer Jurgen Meekel

Costumes DarkDindie Styling Concepts

Text key-note speech by Professor PLO Lumumba at the 3rd Anti-Corruption Convention that took place on 2nd December 2013, Hotel Africana, Kampala

Dancers Tshepo Nchabeleng, Tshepo Mohlabane, Thato Qofela, Abel Vilakazi, Teboho Diphehlo, Andile Nhlapo, Julia Burnham and Boitumelo Tshupa


Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall

Co-production Via Katlehong Dance, Maison de la Danse de Lyon, La Villette, Paris, Châteauvallon, Scene Nationale

Thanks to The Centre for the Less Good Idea