The concept of KGANYA is developed from making reference to beliefs and divine approach that are functional to humanity existence. Through dance movements the KGANYA narrative will be portrayed by four female dancers including the choreographer Lulu Mlangeni. The use of spoken text will give context on religion, culture and symbolism that form part of a philosophical platform from which both good and bad draw some sense of hope. KGANYA speaks about being hopeful and touches on compassion, forgiveness, hypocrisy, immortality, truth, love, sacrifice, betrayal, different language and ways of communication The assumption is that life is about staying alive and making it through by surviving in a world of scarcity and peril.
- Genre: Dance
- Duration: 1hr
- Language: Non-verbal
- Ages: All ages
- Available From: July 4, 2020
Concept and Choreography: Lulu Mlangeni
Dancers: Lulu Mlangeni, Khaya Ndlovu, Megan Goliath, Noxolo Dlamini
Rehearsal Director: Gladys Agulhas
Dramaturgy: Sibulele Gcilitshana
Music Composition: Gino Brown
Text: Smangaliso Ngwenya
Lighting and Set Designer: Oliver Hauser
Technical Director: Oliver Hauser
Costume: Amanda Laird Cherry
Photographs: Val Adamson
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
LULU MLANGENI is dancer, choreographer and teacher. In 2017/18 she became Creative Assistant at Vuyani Dance Theatre. She has worked with prominent local artists, script writers, and directors nationally and internationally. She has performed in Africa, Europe and the Americas.
In 2011 commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg she choreographed Questioned Mark which premiered at the Wits Downstairs Theatre during the festival in March. In 2014 she choreographed Page 27 for the Spring Re-loaded Festival performance at the University of Johannesburg Con Cowan Theatre. In 2015 she reworked Page 27 for the April 2015 season at the Market Theatre. The production again appeared at the Amsterdam’s Afrovibes Festival in October 2015 and performed at the 2016 SANAA Africa Festival.
In 2017 Lulu was co-creator of Big City Dreams a collaboration with Joburg Ballet; the same year she collaborated with Julian Argüelles (British musician and arranger) and iComplete vocal quartet (South Africa) to create dance movements for the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra concert that took place at Ridehuset Vester Allé (Denmark) in July. In January 2018 she choreographed and was principal dancer in work titled Confined presented at the Market Theatre; in August she choreographed the work titled SCARS for Playhouse in Durban. In 2019 she choreographed The Encounter which premiered at the Market Theatre in March; in April the work performed at the MBMS Festival in Mpumalanga and in August at the JOMBA Festival.
In 2019 Lulu was Assistant Director and choreographer for the Starlight Classics in Cape Town under the mentorship of Darren Hayward. She collaborated, directed and choreographed ’11 mnts Before Assassination’ at the Centre for the less Good Idea season 5. She was co-choreographer for the 2019 May Presidential Inauguration along with James Ngcobo as the director. Mlangeni was choreographer for a reality music competition, The Voice South Africa 2019 season 3.
Mlangeni is 2007 award winner for the most outstanding female dancer in contemporary style for Dance Umbrella Festival. She is the 2010 winner of a reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 South Africa and she choreographed Season 3 for the show. In 2014, she was named the first recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Voice Award supported by the Market Theatre at the Naledi Theatre Awards. Mlangeni is 2020 Standard Bank Young Award winner in Dance.