After a successful tour of Europe earlier this year, MOYA is back with new acts, new original music and new members as circus enthusiasts get ready to go on a thrilling journey like no other.
At the beginning of 2023, over the course of 90 shows in 13 cities, Zip Zap Circus performed to over 350 000 people during their tour of France and Switzerland, showcasing their Proudly South African talent to the world. Now, the circus is coming back to town.
With the wind in their sails from this life-changing opportunity, they return to the Teatro at Montecasino to share MOYA with Johannesburg audiences from 31 August – 10 September 2023. In response to the incredible demand for their return, following their successful 2022 season, the circus spectacular is set to transport audiences into a world of wonder and excitement.
MOYA, which means Spirit, encapsulates not only the spirit of Zip Zap’s proudly South African roots but also tells the story of this non-profit organisation which had opened its doors to thousands of South African youths completely free of charge over the last 31 years. The show tells the story of how a sense of belonging can change the narrative of the youth of this country.
This revamp run of the mesmerizing MOYA will be a foot-stomping, heart-warming event, an infusion of heart-pounding performances that will leave you on the edge of your seat and ideal for the whole family. Prepare to be amazed by a flawless display of aerial skills, a masterclass in juggling as well as a thrilling acrobatic wheel routine and so much more.
At the centre of the tale of MOYA, we find Trompie (Jacobus Claassen) whose own story reflects the transformative power of circus.
Things were tough at home – money was scarce and domestic violence pervasive – so around the age of 10, Jacobus decided to rather live on the streets. Handouts dried up as he grew older and he started using drugs as an escape. A chance meeting with a good Samaritan led him to a shelter in Salt River. He was able to go to school and sleep with a roof over his head for the first time in years. At the shelter, children were given the opportunity to be part of Zip Zap’s 2nd Chance programme, which helped vulnerable youngsters develop their talents.
‘Trompie’ as he is affectionately known, chose the circus and has never looked back. He completed his schooling in 2011 and after progressing through Zip Zap’s youth and outreach programmes he became a full-time performer. He now uses his craft to share his story on stage.
Trompie has flourished as a performer and excelled at circus disciplines. He’s performed around the world and was also the main character in the Canadian documentary ‘First Man’ for 5 months. He performs unicycle, juggling, hand-to-hand, and Cyr wheel, and is a talented acrobat. His sense of fun, comedy and quirky character makes him an endearing audience favourite!
“You make your own choices in life. You can choose to stay on the streets forever or you can decide to step out of that life.”Jacobus Claassen
MOYA’s New Music
Since MOYA was last in town, the show has been infused with new life, new acts and completely new music. Zip Zap engaged the rhythmic talents of Josh Hawk, former bass player for Freshlyground, to produce a soundtrack that amplifies the vibe and vivacity of MOYA.
Hawk partnered with local musicians and voices, including Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola as well as Zip Zap performer, Jason Barnard. Barnard not only recorded with Hawk but performs some of his self-written lyrics live during the show. His lyrics tell a story of struggle, hope and eventually joy.
MOYA also welcomes a stellar line-up of new cast members: Akho Narwele, Masizakhe Kovi and Silumko Ndulula, who will join the existing MOYA cast members Bridgette Berning, Jason Barnard, Luqmaan Benjamin, Matthew Risk, Phelelani Ndakrokra and Vuyani Lottering.
MOYA runs from 31 August – 10 September 2023 at the Teatro at Montecasino for 1 hour 20 minutes with no interval. Appropriate for all ages from 3 years. Tickets range from R200 – R300. Bookings via Quicket.