Via Katlehong Dance (South Africa)
American Premiere - A Peak Commission
March 22 • 7:30 p.m.
March 23 • 8:00 p.m.
March 24 • 3:00 p.m.
Alexander Kasser Theater
Every seat: $15*
Siphiwe Nkosi, Director
Hlengiwe Lushaba, Concept
Vusi Mdoyi, Choreographer
Performed by Nolwazi Ngidi, Xolani Qwabe, Mandlenkosi Fanie, Vuyani Feni, Lemi Fudumele, Mpho Malotana, Vusi Mdoyi, Buru Mohlabane, Thato Qofela.
South Africa’s Via Katlehong Dance likes to mix things up. Originally formed through an outreach program for youth during the Apartheid era, Via Katlehong’s high-energy style is an energetic brew of Pantsula (street dance) and Gumboot (rhythmic physical percussion). Through constantly searching for new performance horizons, they have become a major player on the international stage. For their triumphant return to Peak Performances, this inventive American premiere is a cabaret like none you’ve every seen before. By combining the group’s powerhouse style with dynamite vocal performances of traditional folk music, a fresh and inventive look at modern South Africa is born.
Saturday, March 23 - after the show
Katlehong Dance Party!
After the Saturday night performance of Katlehong Cabaret at the Kasser Theater, stick around for a FREE lobby dance party with the cast. This was such a huge hit during the company's last visit in 2009, we're doing it again!
Produced by Damien Valette Productions. Co-produced by Via Katlehong Dance, Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ), Théâtre national de Chaillot, and Scéne nationale d'Orléans. Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
*Undergraduate students at MSU receive one ticket at no additional charge to every event through the Performing Arts Fee. Tickets may be reserved at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, with a valid student I.D.