mamela nyamza and the kids of soweto

 

The choreographer and performer Mamela Nyamza and a group of young dancers from Soweto, Soweto’s Finest, present a new style of South African urban dance.

 

 

Show poster for Mamela Nyamza and the Kids of Soweto - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Show poster for Mamela Nyamza and the Kids of Soweto

 

from Thursday 3rd Friday 11th October 2013  

The five Kids of Soweto’s Finest dance the sbuja, a dance that has arisen in response to the pantsula. Borrowed from “bourgeois” French, the sbuja, referring to the idea of elegance, uses the entire body, with a very expressive face, that is contorted like a traditional mask. 

Five virtuoso dancers influenced by the traditional African dances of the Zulu and Tsonja. The youngest dancer is 18 and still at school. The eldest, Tomas Bongani Gumede, is 26; he is the leader of the group. They have never performed outside of South Africa.

This project is one of the first attempts in South Africa to bring together different concepts of dance, merging contemporary dance, performance and new urban dance. It will also demonstrate that these popular dances are shaped by tradition, yet have also integrated more contemporary art forms.

With support from Institut Français, L'Espace des Arts – Scène Nationale de Chalon-sur-Saône and La Maison de la Danse de Lyon.

Mamela Nyamza and The Kids of Soweto © musée du quai Branly, photo by Cyril Zannettacci - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Mamela Nyamza and The Kids of Soweto © musée du quai Branly, photo by Cyril Zannettacci

Recording of the show

Released Friday October 4th on Arte Live Web.

Practical information

 

performances

  • Thursday 3rd and 10th October at 8 pm
  • Friday 4th and 11th October at 8 pm
  • Saturday 5th October at 8 pm
  • Sunday 6th October at 5 pm
  • Wednesday 9th October at 7 pm

prices

  • 20 € (full price) / 15 € (reduced price)
  • Tickets for the show also provide access to the Museum's Permanent Collections on the same day.

Reservations

  • musée du quai Branly: +33 (0)1 56 61 71 72 Monday to Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Festival d'Automne in Paris : +33 (0)1 53 45 17 17

Related events

 

dance demonstrations: saturday 5 and sunday 6 october

Discover the new urban dance from South Africa, the sbuja, with demonstrations by Soweto’s Finest in the museum entrance hall.

  • Saturday at 16:00 and Sunday at 15:00
  • Free entry subject to availability

encounter with mamela nyamza and soweto's finest

  • At the end of the show on Thursday 10 October
Mamela Nyamza and The Kids of Soweto © musée du quai Branly, photo by Cyril Zannettacci - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Mamela Nyamza and The Kids of Soweto © musée du quai Branly, photo by Cyril Zannettacci

As part of Saisons Afrique du Sud – France 2012 & 2013