Carried by the singing of an African Isicathamiya choir, Cion stands for hope against the darkness, transfixing us with choreography of rhythmic dexterity and ecstatic intensity.

Gregory Maqoma embodies professional mourner Toloki – a character inspired by the protagonist of Zakes Mda’s novels Ways of Dying and Cion. As he confronts a universe in which greed, power and religion lead so often to the trivialization of death and loss, his lament unfolds to Ravel’s Bolero, interpreted here through the stirring device of percussion and voice.

Making his third Dance Umbrella appearance since 2015, Maqoma, one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists is joined by eight gifted performers from Vuyani Dance Theatre and four vocalists.

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with the Barbican

Concept, Choreographer, Dancer Gregory Maqoma
Dramaturgy Shanell Winlock
Musical Director, Composer Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Costumes BlackCoffee
Set Design Oliver Hauser
Props Wesley Mabizela
Lighting Mannie Manim
Sound Ntuthuko Mbuyazi
Dancers Ernest Balene, Nathan Botha, Katleho Lekhula, Lungile Mahlangu, Thabang Mojapelo, Smangaliso Ngwenya, Otto Andile Nhlapo, Itumeleng Tsoeu, Roseline Wilkens
Musicians Simphiwe Bonongo, Zandile Hlatshwayo, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Sbusiso Shozi
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with the Barbican
Co-produced by Vuyani Dance Theatre and The Market Theatre