Experience South African star Gregory Maqoma’s choreographic genius in Austin for the first time. His company Vuyani Dance Theatre performs an innovative, visually stunning full-length work that brings literature to life, drawing inspiration from the character Toloki in South African author Zakes Mda’s novel Cion, and music from French composer Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. It’s a universal story encompassing the past and the present that champions our ability to band together to share the burden of grief. Set in a graveyard with the persistent cries of people in mourning and the a cappella music of Isicathamiya singers in the background, the performance vividly elicits emotions associated with the loss of life. Ultimately, Maqoma has created a powerful requiem that seeks to stand against the darkness of death and bring audiences hope for humanity.
Running time: 1 hour; no intermission
Tue, Apr 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas 78702
Facilitated by Dr. Mandisa Haarhoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University
Reception to follow
Reserve a spot for this free event.
6:45 p.m. on Level 6 of Bass Concert Hall
"Toloki and Black Everyday Dying"
Dr. Mandisa Haarhoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University
Immediately after performance, featuring members of Vuyani Dance Theatre
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer Wilks, Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies
A haunting South African mixture of choreography and voice.
– The New York Times
Presented in association with Austin Opera as part of Opera ATX
Media Sponsor: Austin PBS
Campus and community engagement for Vuyani Dance Theatre: Embracing Global Perspectives Through the Arts is generously provided by the Texas Global Internationalization Event Fund.
Generous support provided, in part, by the Applied Materials Foundation.