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

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Sisters Grimm|Posted: Saturday January 12 2019

The Zulu word, Inala, can take on two meanings: "harvest to reap" and "abundance of goodwill". Watching the multi-award winning production, you're left with a deeper appreciation of both those definitions. Brought to you by Sisters Grimm, the awe-inspiring cultural celebration is flying in from London's West End Peacock Theatre and landing at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands for five special performances from June 19 to 22. 

This vibrant staging brings together two-time Grammy Award-winning South African choral legends Soweto Gospel Choir, the world-class dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert with multi-award winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE to deliver a powerful performance.

Since its sold-out debut show at the Edinburgh International Festival five years ago, the cross-cultural experiment has received nothing but standing ovations. It's played at Sadler’s Wells    Theatre in London and has gone on an acclaimed national tour around the UK as well as an international show in Russia. The cast was also invited to perform at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which was broadcasted and watched by more than 50 million viewers around the world.

With its stellar sold-out runs, we reckon INALA's Singapore debut is going to be another massive hit. Secure your tickets at Sistic or Marina Bay Sands. Sign up to our newsletter to receive more exclusive deals and event details around Sisters Grimm shows. 

 

Grammy-worthy music

The original score is composed by four- time Grammy Award-winning choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala and Ella Spira. It seamlessly fuses the intricate rhythms and multi- layered harmonies of South African musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings. Nominated for this year’s Grammy’s Best World Music Album, INALA’s captivating score is accompanied on stage by an exceptional company of dancers showcasing choreography that’s a hybrid of traditional Zulu dance, classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Dance with pride

Marvel at the hypnotic movements of world-class dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert – including our very own Singaporean dancer, Adelene Stanley – together with South African

ballerina Camille Bracher and 2015 BBC Young Dancer winners Jacob O’Connell and Nafisah Baba. And it’s not just the dancers that are doing all pirouettes and jetés – the singers move along the rhythm collectively alongside them too.

A massive hit

Since its sold-out debut show at the Edinburgh International Festival five years ago, the cross-cultural experiment has received nothing but standing ovations. It’s played at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and has gone on an acclaimed national tour around the UK as well as an international showcase in Russia. The cast was also invited to perform at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which was broadcasted and watched by more than 50 million viewers around the world.

 

Feeling the heat yet? Adding to its impressive repertoire, follow the link to see six more reasons why you should catch INALA. 

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