“The outstanding, soul shaking performances touch [you] to the core“
“An extraordinary piece”
The Theatre Times
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.
“Incredible show … with dance pieces ranging from joyous to hauntingly beautiful“
Artsvark (South Africa)
“A South African tribal lament, deeply embedded within unfathomable traditions of mourning around death, yet powerful enough to transcend cultural barriers and speak to all“
British Theatre Guide
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with the Barbican
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The post-show talk with Gregory Maqoma on 18 OCT will be BSL interpreted
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