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Press Statement from Ella Spira and Pietra Mello-Pittman (Sisters Grimm)

11 February 2020

RIP Joseph Shabalala

“It’s with a heavy heart we at Sisters Grimm hear the news that Joseph Shabalala founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo has passed away today. Our condolences extend to his family, the whole group and the many, many people whose hearts he touched. We have so many beautiful memories of writing the music for INALA with him in South Africa and of our Inala journey over the last ten years. His legacy lives on forever through the music he made”.


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30 October 2019

INALA will be touring internationally to CHINA in December 2019.

Performing at world-class theatres in 4 different cities including:

Kunming Grand Theatre, KUNMING (昆明大剧院)

Guangxi Art Centre, NANNING (广西艺术中心)

Qintai Grand Theatre, WUHAN (武汉琴台大剧院)

Pingshan Theatre, SHENZHEN (深圳坪山剧院)

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3 October 2019

INALA has a dynamic social impact and schools programme. We want young people to believe that they have a place in this sector, to learn about the cast and creatives who make this happen, and to realise that the route into this industry is not a straight line, but a journey of many different beginnings, diversions and cross roads. 

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Black History Month- INALA at The Royal Albert Hall

2 October 2019

Balck History Month UK article: The idea of communicating across cultures has always been at the core of INALA, and Spira thinks the creators’ own backgrounds play a part in this. “I’m a third generation Holocaust survivor, most of my family live in Israel,” she says. “Pietra was born in Brazil and has a Brazilian mother and English father. Mark was born in Fiji to a Fijian mother and Irish dad and grew up largely in New Zealand. The three of us feel so strongly about wanting to give a voice to art forms from different cultures.”

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19 September 2019

INALA, the critically acclaimed South African Dance-Musical sensation, will celebrate World Ballet Day on Wednesday 23 October with a concert spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall, bringing together the South African choral legends, Soweto Gospel Choir with multi-award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE in this unique artistic collaboration.  A celebration of South Africa today, INALA delivers all it promises; an uplifting cultural experience, powered by an explosion of live music, song and dance. 

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19 June 2019

INALA's West End & SE Asia Premieres, celebrating unity, diversity and cultural collaboration, also mark the launch of the INALA Schools Programme, and its Educational Partnership with the Mosaic Initiative at The Prince’s Trust, providing access and opportunities for young people to gain extra benefit from the experience of attending the INALA production

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INALA at Sentebale Concert 2019

10 June 2019


Following a hugely successful London West End run, INALA A ZULU BALLET was booked to perform at Prince Harry’s Sentebale Audi concert at Hampton Court Royal Palace on the 11th June 2019. This was the second Royal engagement for INALA, following the Royal Variety Performance in 2014 in the prescence of Prince William and Kate.

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SEE the HIGHLIGHTS video here:

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Second Royal engagement for INALA

31st May 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT! Ahead of our run in Singapore, INALA will be supporting Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, with a performance by our cast of dancers at The Duke's Sentebale Audi concert at Hampton Court Palace on 11th June!

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Prince's Trust Enterprise Challenge

9 May 2019

Sisters Grimm, whose award-winning production of INALA, a Zulu Ballet opens at The Peacock Theatre in London’s West End on 30 April, announced on Wednesday 24 April their educational partnership with the Mosaic Initiative at The Prince’s Trust, providing access and opportunities for young people to benefit from the INALA experience.

Sisters Grimm are working with the Mosaic Initiative’s Secondary School Programme that will see over 1,000 young people and their families attend a performance of the show, participate in a pre-show experience and learn about the career opportunities within the theatre industry.

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Reuters TV interview

30 April 2019

Reuters TV go behind the scenes of INALA and talk to Official Soweto Gospel Choir about the experience of being in a west end show. 

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Soweto Gospel Choir Radio interviews London

27 April 2019

From the Grammys to the grand stage at Peacock Theatre: Soweto Gospel Choir are bringing Zulu flavour to ballet in INALA.

Listen to their interviews with BBC Three In Tune Radio and Premier Gospel Saturday Breakfast


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24 April 2019

Sisters Grimm, in partnership with the Mosaic Initiative at the Prince's Trust, are offering 1500 tickets for schools and youth groups to see the show at The Peacock in London, alongside pre-performance sessions and school careers workshops.

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23 April 2019

ITV News takes a peek inside the rehearsal studio on the smash-hit international music and dance sensation INALA Live! 

Coming to The Peacock from 30 April, don't miss this exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures.

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Dancing Times- INALA returns to London

27 March 2019

INALA returns to London!

Article by Nicola Rayner- The Dancing Times April Edition 2019 

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INALA Preview in Culture Whisper

26 March 2019

"Audiences were won over by the show’s relatable themes (of love, friendship, jealousy, fear, resilience and the sense of home), energetic dancing and vibrant vocal music"- article by Georgina Butler in Culture Whisper 


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Celebrating International Women's Day

8 March 2019

Happy International Women's Day 2019 to all women of the world!


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NEW ARTICLE! Time Out Singapore First Look: INALA

22 February 2019

Check out the highlights of TimeOut's First Look of INALA

Celebrating the Grammy-nominated INALA tour to Singapore in June, as well as Soweto Gospel Choir’s Grammy win (the South African group won Best World Music Album for Freedom earlier this month), Time Out Singapore teamed up with London-based theatrical company Sisters Grimm for an Time Out First Look event at INALA Live.

Click 'Read more' for the full article!

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21 February 2019

INALA announces its full cast for its West End Premiere at the Peacock Theatre! 

Featuring the spectacular three-time Grammy® Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, the international cast will also feature BBC Young Dancer 2017 winner Nafisah BabaJoshua Harriette (Richard Alston Dance), Nahum McLean (the Ailey School), Hicaro Nicolai (Voices of the Amazon), Nicholas Shikkis (Richard Alston Dance), Jason Tucker (Richard Alston Dance) and Elly Braund (Richard Alston Dance) together with former INALA cast members Sharia Johnson (Michael Clark Company, Rambert),  Adelene Stanley (Frontier Danceland) and Ashleigh Wilson (Peter Schaufuss Ballet/International Arts Collective) who will reprise their roles. Click 'Read more' below for more!


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Soweto Gospel Choir 2019 Grammy Award Winners!

13 February 2019

This weekend the wonderful Soweto Gospel Choir won their third Grammy® Award!

Read the full article below!

Catch the South African choral legends live on stage, as they join former and current dancers from Rambert and The Royal Ballet with multi-award winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE to deliver a powerful performance in INALA! 

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Award-winning West End Zulu ballet, INALA, comes to Singapore in June

6 February 2019

Let the Grammy-nominated and award-winning dance musical, INALA, move you with inspiring live music, song and dance at the Sands Theatre Marina Bay Sands

Read the full artilce by Time Out Singapore sharing the top reasons you don't want to miss out on tickets for this incredible uplifting performance.



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Join us for a Time Out First Look party with INALA by Sisters Grimm

6 February 2019

Ignite the flames of world music, song and dance as Time Out Singapore teams up with London-based theatrical production company Sisters Grimm to host an exclusive party on February 13 from 7pm at The Whiskey Library @ The Vagabond Club.

Join us for a night of revelry with booze and bites on us, as well as a sneak preview of Grammy-nominated INALA, the award-winning West End Zulu ballet that's set to make its Singapore debut on the Sands Theatre stage from June 19 to 22.

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21 January 2019

Direct from its West End premiere at London’s Peacock Theatre, the multi award-winning Zulu ballet, INALA, will play at Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore for five performances only, from 19 to 22 June 2019.

Tickets are now on sale and are available at 

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London Dance 2019: The best ballet and contemporary dance shows to see in the new year

4 January 2019

Read the latest roundup of The best ballet and contemporary dance shows to see in the new year by The Evening Standard -Go London 

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Sisters Grimm Slate - The Ministry of Sound

9 November 2018

To celebrate 10 years of collaboration  - Sisters Grimm created a world first transformation of the Ministry of Sound into a theatrical space to present excerpts of their five new shows including INALA

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The Wonderful World of Dance Article

3 October 2018

INALA returns to London with Royal Ballet & Rambert Dancers and Grammy® Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir



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1 October 2018

Following a sell-out run at London’s Sadler’s Wells and a phenomenal 2015 tour, INALA will return to the UK in 2019, bringing together the two-time Grammy® Award-winning South African choral legends, Soweto Gospel Choir with multi-award-winning chorographer Mark Baldwin in this unique artistic collaboration.  INALA will receive its West End premiere at The Peacock in London playing from 30 April to 18 May, with a press night on Wednesday 1 May.  2019 tour dates will be announced shortly.

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INALA nominated in the Manchester Theatre Awards

4 March 2016

Sisters Grimm Production, INALA - A Zulu Ballet,  has just been nominated in the BEST SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT category for The Manchester Theatre Awards!

The awards ceremony will be at HOME, Manchester’s stunning new arts venue on 4 March 2016.

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INALA nominated for a Grammy Award

7 December 2015

INALA has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category. The music was composed by Ella Spira in conjunction with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This album consists of live music from the 'Inala – A Zulu Ballet' production, which Mambazo performed along with dancers from Rambert and the Royal Ballet at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014.

The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony will recognize the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year.  It will be broadcast live by the CBS network.

The album 'Music from Inala' can be found on Spotify.

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Auditions Workshops

17 June 2015

Dance Auditions to be held in Manchester and Liverpool on Sunday 28 June 2015  

Do you dream of performing on stage alongside current and former members of The Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company?

The producers of the critically acclaimed UK Tour of Inala, which fuses the sound of Ladysmith Black Mambazo with classical and contemporary dance, are offering people the chance to take part in dance audition workshops in Manchester. The auditions will lead to one person being given the unique opportunity to perform alongside the cast of Inala in the grand finale at the Manchester Opera House on 24 July or Liverpool Empire 31 July.

The auditions will be held at a city centre venue in Manchester and Liverpool on Sunday 28 June and are open to people aged 17 to 35 with previous dance experience.

The producers of Inala are asking people who would like to attend the audition workshops to pre-register in advance by completing the online application form which can be downloaded from here. Alternatively, forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Manchester Palace Theatre and Liverpool Empire Box Office.

Registration forms must be received by the venue by 5pm on Wednesday 24 June 2015. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 26th June and given the details of the workshop venue location in Manchester and their allocated audition time.

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BBC Two Young Dancer 2015 Joins Inala Tour

15 May 2015

The winner of the Contemporary category of BBC Two’s Young Dancer 2015 competition, 17 year old Jacob O'Connell, is one of five young dancers from The Rambert School who are joining the Inala UK tour from 23 June 2015.      

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1 April 2015

Sisters Grimm are honoured to be joining forces with ATG (the Ambassadors Theatre Group) to co-produce INALA going forward. This has enabled us to secure a further 5 weeks of UK regional touring for 2015. Click here for full tour information.

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INALA to perform in Moscow

5 January 2015

INALA has been programmed as part of the 2015 Chekhov International Theatre Festival, in Moscow, from 10th - 14th June. INALA will perform 5 performances in the Mossovet Theatre, where Matthew Bourne's productions usually perform and where Sylvie Guillem will be performing 2 weeks later. Tickets are on sale for these performances.  Click here to book and for further information

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19 November 2014

INALA A ZULU BALLET was part of this years Royal Variety Performance, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which took place on Thursday 13th November at the London Palladium and will be screened on ITV on Monday 8th December 2014.

Hosted by Michael McIntyre, INALA performed alongside artists such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Bette Midler, Alfie Boe, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Ellie Golding, Trevor Noah, Collabro and Miss Saigon. 

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7 November 2014

Due to phenomenal demand, INALA returns to Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, for 6 performances from 7th - 11th July 2015. Tickets are on sale. Click here to book and for further information.

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London premiere at Sadler's Wells followed by UK Tour

4 September 2014

Critically-acclaimed Zulu ballet INALA, featuring live music by four-time Grammy Award®-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and current and former members of the Royal Ballet and Rambert, will receive its London premiere at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London on 17 September for four nights, before embarking on a national tour covering nine venues, including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Cambridge Corn Exchange and Bristol’s Colston Hall.

The Sadler's Wells performances and UK tour follow INALA's sell-out success at Edinburgh International Festival where it received its world premiere in August at the Edinburgh Playhouse, receiving a fantastic response from audiences and critics alike

The production is the brainchild of British composer Ella Spira and First Artist of the Royal Ballet, Pietra Mello-Pittman, who are also joint producers. INALA, meaning ‘abundance of goodwill’ in Zulu, fuses western contemporary and traditional Zulu dance and music, to create a unique, immersive experience reflecting both cultures.

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11 April 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 UK tour of INALA. The production will tour to nine UK venues from 24 September to 4 October, visiting: Sage Gateshead, The Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Bristol Colston Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, The Anvil Basingstoke, Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cambridge Corn Exchange. Click here for full tour details and to book tickets.


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18 March 2014

INALA, a new Zulu ballet featuring live music by four-time Grammy® award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert, will make its world debut headlining the Edinburgh International Festival this year, it is announced today.


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