Maqoma to dance into his­tory with SA’s best

CityPress - - News - GAR­RETH VAN NIEK­ERK gar­reth.van­niek­erk@city­press.co.za

It’s been 25 years since South African con­tem­po­rary dance leg­end Gre­gory Maqoma took to the stage.

To cel­e­brate this mo­ment, some of South Africa’s big­gest names in en­ter­tain­ment will join forces to cre­ate what a prom­i­nent ed­i­tor has termed “The dance cel­e­bra­tion of the year”.

Maqoma will be joined at The Lyric the­atre in Jo­han­nes­burg next week by mem­bers of the Vuyani Dance Theatre, singer Si­bongile Khu­malo, vo­cal har­mony group the Com­plete Quar­tet, fash­ion de­signer David Tlale and en­ter­tainer Somizi Mh­longo.

Mh­longo refers to Maqoma as his “home­boy” and said at a re­hearsal for the show this week that they were fly­ing the flag for Or­lando East, where they grew up. “I love Greg. Do­ing this show with him was a no-brainer,” he said.

Tlale, who is not just do­ing the cos­tumes but will also ap­pear in the show, has been a cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tor in Maqoma’s per­for­mances for the past eight years. “We’ve been work­ing to­gether since 2007. The rest is his­tory,” he said.

Khu­malo said that along with other im­por­tant cre­ative peo­ple in the coun­try, Maqoma’s work was break­ing im­por­tant ground for black chil­dren grow­ing up in South Africa.

“With his work, he makes sure they can see ex­cel­lence com­ing from their own coun­try by a black per­son. I couldn’t be prouder of him,” she said.

Be­sides the likes of Khu­malo and Tlale, Maqoma will be joined on stage by more than 200 chil­dren from Vuyani Dance Com­pany’s out­reach projects, an or­gan­i­sa­tion founded by him in 1990.

“For me, the main thing is that I am able to cel­e­brate my jour­ney with peo­ple who have been re­silient in their artistry and, through them, be able to cre­ate more spa­ces for young peo­ple to dis­cover their own tal­ents,” said Maqoma.

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