Robert Tanitch, Mature Times 2019
Rambert Dance Company’s artistic director Mark Baldwin in 2014 teamed up with the Grammy triple Award-winning, legendary Soweto Gospel Choir to create a celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa.
The show won critical and popular approval and is now back.
The producers of the show, Sisters Grimm, are Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman and composer Ella Spira.
In a programme note they write “Inala was born out of a desire to unite different cultures, artistic disciplines, back grounds and celebrate diversity, giving an equal voice to all in one space.”
The show, a fusion of South African and Western cultures and styles in song, music and dance, brings together ballet, contemporary dance and traditional Zulu tribal dance.
The music is a fusion of Ella Spira’s music and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music. The songs are sung in Zulu. The voices soar and delight. There are no sur-titles.