About the Show

The show

INALA, meaning abundance of goodwill in Zulu, is a Zulu ballet conceived to mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa and celebrates diversity today. This ambitious production embraces an exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures, live on stage. INALA was created by Sisters Grimm, multi-award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE, and featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo with current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert.  INALA was nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2016 for its original score, recognising what The Independent described as “stunning, contemporary South African vocal music”.

Performances and touring

INALA premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival Opening, selling out the largest theatre in Europe, The Edinburgh Playhouse, with over 3,000 seats, for three nights in a row to a rapturous reception. The Telegraph opined “If the ecstatic first-night reception in Edinburgh was anything to go by – I’ve a hunch it will be a massive hit”. INALA then came to London Sadler's Wells the same year for a further four sell out performances before its nine venue MBM UK regional tour where it received standing ovations at every show.

Hot off its touring success, INALA was invited to be part of the Royal Variety Performance, which took place on the 13th November 2014, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The show was broadcast on ITV on 8th December 2014.

In 2015, INALA received it’s international premiere at the prestigious Chekhov festival in Moscow, before embarking upon a second UK tour - this time to fifteen venues up and down the country, supported by ATG. Once again, Sadler’s Wells sold out.  

In 2019, INALA returns to London for its West End premiere, performing at The Peacock Theatre from 30 April to 18 May. The West End production will feature two-time Grammy Award-winning South African choral legends, Soweto Gospel Choir, with current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert including Camille Bracher.

The creative team

INALA’s original score by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and classical composer Ella Spira blends the intricate rhythms and infectious harmonies of South Africa’s native musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings. Mark Baldwin’s richly visceral choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance, performed by an exceptional company of eighteen dancers and singers.

The production company

Sisters Grimm are the Grammy nominated and award winning production company behind the commercial success of Inala and Voices of the Amazon, both fusions of dance, music and song. You can find out more on the Sisters Grimm website.

Supporters

INALA would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support for the original launch of INALA in 2014:

We are extremely grateful to the benefactors who donated the initial seed money to get Inala started:

Michael Carpenter, Chris von Christierson, Peter Lloyd, Tawfiq Ahmed Sultan, Bonnie Ward, Rupert Atkin, Jane Clouting,  Jan Stodieck, Celeste Fenichel and Talbot Underwriting

We would also like to thank ATG, Howard Panter OBE, Rosemary Squire CBE, Peter Gallo, Nick Panitza, Olof Winkler, Isla and Roderick Smith, Philip Lawford, The Linbury Trust, Debs Butler and The Arts Council England.

The development would not have been possible without the much-valued support of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism,  South African Tourism and Norma Meyer and Steve Bailey at Ecco Tours.

We further acknowledge the kind support of Dame Monica Mason DBE and Charlotte Burke.