Posted on March 27, 2019
Inala – A Zulu Ballet returns to the UK in 2019, bringing together the South African choral legends Soweto Gospel Choir with choreographer Mark Baldwin. The show will receive its West End premiere at the Peacock Theatre in London, running from April 30 to May 18.
First performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, meaning “abundance of goodwill” in Zulu, featured world-class dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert in a fusion of South African and western cultures.
The original score was composed in collaboration by South African choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala and the British composer Ella Spira, who created the concept of Inala with former first artist of the Royal Ballet Pietra Mello-Pittman.
Blending the intricate rhythms and infectious harmonies of South Africa’s musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings, Baldwin’s choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance and is performed by a company of 20 dancers and singers.
For more information or to book tickets to Inala, go to peacocktheatre.com or call 020 7863 8222.
Main image: Inala – A Zulu Ballet. Photograph by Tristram Kenton