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Saturday, May 19, 2018


Playhouse stages vibrant dance piece, Ukuzinza

It is said that when you are born in Africa, Africa is born in you. A continent of great promises, it is the place where we can be ourselves and the place where we can remake ourselves in the image of our dreams, Africa. It is a land full of rich culture, traditions, beliefs and hopes. Africa is our home.

This is the premise that underpins Ukuzinza, a vibrant Playhouse Company dance production created for the Playhouse Dance Residency. The brainchild of noted South African choreographer, Mzokuthula Gasa, Ukuzinza - meaning ‘rooted’ or ‘grounded’ in English - features a company of 10 dancers. The production marks something of a homecoming for Durban-born Gasa, who now lives in Cape Town, following a five-year stint working in England.

He is excited to be working with the Playhouse dancers on the new show, which has a running time of one hour. It will feature music composed by Elvis Sibeko among others, with lighting designed by Bamanye Yeko.

Ukuzinza runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from May 23 to 27, as part of The Playhouse Company’s 2018 New Stages Festival. Tickets R80 for public performances on May 24 at 19h30 (opening); May 25 at 19h30; and May 26 at 14h30 and 19h30. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at

Schools performances are on May 23 and 24 at 10h30. There is an age restriction of 13 years. Tickets R30.

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