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Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero
Start DateJul 06 2018
Gregory Maqoma, internationally celebrated choreographer, dancer, social entrepreneur and recipient of French Government’s “Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et Lettre” (Knight of the Arts and Literature award) brought author Zakes Mda’s mourner, Toloki, to life on stage in the dance piece, “Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero”.
Mda attained global renown with “Ways of Dying” (1995), his seminal first novel that featured the unforgettable character Toloki, a professional mourner at township funerals during South Africa’s transition to democracy. Mda’s writing is entrenched in African values, ethics and offers a broader view of South Africa as a complex animal with unique cultures. In “Cion”, the follow-up to “Ways of Dying”, Mda revisits Toloki a decade later. Like the author himself, the character is now living in the United States, where he uncovers the story of runaway slaves who were the ancestors of an impoverished Southern family.
In this dance production, Maqoma drew inspiration from the multifaceted character of Toloki, who is embodied in a solo then joined on stage by eight gifted dancers from the Vuyani stable. The character is set against the dark cloud of his country of birth, South Africa, and he used this as a palette to confront the notion of fear: of existing, of religion, of the self.
The underground municipal car park linked to Artscape is open for public parking from 17:00 on weekdays and an hour before the starting time of shows on weekends. It closes at 24:00. The parking fee is R21 and R13 for pensioners.Wheelchair Access
Limited facilities for wheelchairs areavailable in the Opera House and Theatre in accordance with safety regulations. Wheelchair seats can be booked at the Artscape Box Office, at any Computicket outlet, or through the Computicket call centre. Please note that the Arena is not wheelchair friendly. Toilets for wheelchair-bound patrons aresituated in the Marble and Chandelier Foyers of the Opera House and on the lower level of the Theatre Foyer. Limited parking bays are available for bona fide Disabled Parking Disc Holders in the tunnel area opposite the Stage Door entrance, and in the staff parking area. A drop-off facility is available in the tunnel area for patrons who have difficulty walking. Prior arrangements in all regards should be made with the Theatre Manager.Wheelchairs
Disable Parking and Wheelchairs are available on site but should be pre-booked by contacting Artscape Dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695