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Joys of Sharing at the Lyric Theatre

Vuyani Dance Theatre’s new production, Joys of Sharing, salutes the exquisite interplay between music and dance at the Lyric Theatre.

Gregory Maqoma directs this production, set to explode on to the beautiful Lyric Theatre stage Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City. Joys of Sharing will take place on 21 and 22 October 2016, where a live DVD recording will also take place.

Music and dance will again be inseparable lovers as Maqoma, Grammy-winning flautist Wouter Kellerman, beloved Afro-soul diva Simphiwe Dana and the Vuyani dancers come together to craft an unforgettable evening’s entertainment. Maqoma is no stranger to potent collaborations, as the executive creative director of Vuyani Dance Theatre. 

The show will feature new, original material and an innovative choreography that will see the artists seamlessly intertwined with the Vuyani dancers. All as they bring the music to life in a memorable live spectacular.

It’s poised to be a dream meeting of three of South Africa’s leading creative minds. Collaborating to conjure “a precious moment of sharing, giving rise to a reciprocal flow of friendship and affinity” between the intimately related disciplines of dance and music, as Maqoma describes it. 

This historic show is also the first time that Simphiwe and Wouter will be collaborating. It continues the tradition of Vuyani, which has become known for its world-class collaborations and for celebrating South African talent.”

Maqoma has gained a reputation for weaving magical tapestries of contemporary dance, live music and visual sumptuousness. Over the years, this globally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and director has drawn on gifted local composers and musicians to give voice to his creative vision.

Flautist Kellerman has won six South African Music Awards (SAMAs) as well as a Grammy Award for his 2014 album Wings of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer Ricky Kej. The album also reached number one on the Billboard New Age Album Charts. Kellerman’s follow-up release, Love Language, was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Simphiwe Dana is a world renowned, six-time SAMA-winning songstress. She is equally famed for her irresistible live performances, coaxing audiences into the palm of her hand with her soulful, impassioned singing. Dana has undeniably earned a place in contemporary South African music’s hall of fame. Often being hailed “as the best thing to happen to Afro-soul music since Miriam Makeba” as she create modern African soul music from artfully fused jazz, reggae, jive and traditional Xhosa sounds. 

Most notably, Maqoma is one of the continent’s foremost proponents of contemporary dance. Activily elevating its standard and visibility globally since the founding of Vuyani Dance Theatre 17 years ago. The dancers and repertoire are in constant demand overseas and the company prizes mentorship, outreach and “paying it forward” as highly as it does professional artistic excellence.

Finally, Dana won the prestigious Bessie Award – the New York Dance and Performance Awards – in 2014. This was for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design for Maqoma’s landmark production Exit/Exist. She shared this prestigious award with guitarist Giuliano Modarelli and vocal quartet Complete.

Tap into the exuberance of a proudly South African collaborative production when Joys of Sharing on 21 and 22 October. Performances start at 8pm and booking is through Computicket. It’s guaranteed to boost your feel-good endorphins as year-end approaches! 

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