Bengingazi, a truly inspirational South African story.
Mzanzi Ballet has brought together some of SA’s leading dancers in classical ballet, contemporary and pantsula. Top ballet dancers, Angela Malan, Michael Revie, Angela Revie, professional pantsula dancers from Soweto, Stembiso Makhanya and Alexandra Rockstars and flamenco dancer Ndumiso Tafeni. We are indeed also delighted to announce that Aaron Smyth will be joining the cast. Mr. Smyth is the recipient of Best Performer at the recent Shanghai International Ballet Competition as well as a previous medalist of the South African International Ballet Competition, SAIBC.
Bengingazi, meaning “I did not know”, presents as an innovative, stylish and unique “Fairy Tale” between a man from Soweto, skilled in the art of pantsula dancing, who meets a classical ballerina. They have an affair and unbeknown to the man, they produce a son who is brought up in the world of classical ballet. When the Mother however, is one day introduced to the art of pantsula, she decides to introduce the son to the father, creating an amazing fusion of the two different worlds of dance.
A live singer on stage will further enhance this story line and add a cross over appeal in entertainment to a young, sexy audience.
The spectacular White Swan pas de deux, as well as solos from the Dying Swan and the Grand pas, from Don Quixote will also be danced. Choreography for Bengingazi, is led by renowned South African choreographer Adele Blank, with contributions by Mada Stembiso, Angela Revie, Dirk Badenhorst and Aaron Smyth, with music composition by Nic Paton.
Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino
31 October 2018 to 4 November 2018
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