Joel Campbell, The Voice 2019
THE PREMIERE of Inala: A Zulu Ballet was centre stage at the West End’s Peacock Theatre last night where the Soweto Gospel Choir (SGC), Sisters Grimm and supporting cast received a fully deserved standing ovation following their amazing performance.
Following a sell-out run at London’s Sadler’s Wells, a Royal Variety performance appearance and a phenomenal 2015 tour, Inala returned to the UK this week, bringing together the South African choral legends with multi-award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE in a unique artistic collaboration.
Founding member of the SGC Shimmy Jiyane had said in this week's Voicenewspaper that those who attended the 18-day run of the production would experience a show that encompassed "fireworks on stage, beautiful harmonies and beautiful voices", he wasn’t lying.
An intriguing fusion of South African culture with European ballet and contemporary dance, Inala follows the narrative of "a community at the beginning of a day".