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Isango Ensemble Repertory
The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo and Venus and Adonis
September 12–21, 2014
The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo
September 13–21, 2014
An adaption of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo performs the play’s score on marimbas, drums and South African percussion, and reinterprets the story in contemporary South Africa through the unique perspective of its townships. This Olivier Award-winner for Best Musical Revival has thrilled audiences in London, Dublin, South Africa, Tokyo and Singapore, and received the Globes de Cristal for Best Opera Production following a sold-out season at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Venus and Adonis
September 12-17, 2014
Venus and Adonis, Shakespeare’s epic poem of love and seduction, is reborn with this adaption that takes the heart of the original work and reimagines it as only this South African troupe can. Venus, Goddess of love, finds herself enchanted by the power of beauty in the form of Adonis, after her rebellious son, Cupid, wounds her. Performed in three African languages and in English, the play transcends borders with carnival-like theatricality, music and dance.