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Inala returns to London

Posted on March 27, 2019

INALA Feature

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 or call 020 7863 8222.

Main image: InalaA Zulu Ballet. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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