Gregory Maqoma and Vuyani Dance Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Exit / Exist – photo supplied

Thursday 27 August – 19h00

Friday 28 August – 12noon (repeat screening)



Choreographed and performed by Gregory Maqima

Premiered at Dance Umbrella 2012, February 17, Market Theatre, Johannesburg

James Ngcobo (Director)

Simphiwe Dana (Music composer)

David Tlale (Costume Designer)

Complete (Acapella quartet)

Giuliano Modarelli (Guitarist)

Ralf Nonn (Lighting)

Mileta Postic (Video animation)

Andile Kentse Mpahlwa (Sound design)

Oliver Hauser (Set design)

In “Exit/Exist”, Maqoma, returns to his ancestral past to re-interpret the complexities of our contemporary world. The narrative centres around the great Xhosa chief and warrior, Maqoma, who, in the late 1800s, clashed with the English over cattle and land and finally met his death on Robben Island. Maqoma reconfigures memory in a transformational and poignant solo performance that fuses storytelling with his own unique contemporary dance vocabulary and spirited live music. Through his signature integration of traditional and contemporary dance, he invites audiences to reflect on who we are, where we come from, and how all of these facets, past and present, inform our personal and collective identities today.

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Gregory Maqoma – photo by Alon Skuy

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma became interested in dance in the late 1980’s as a means to escape the political tensions growing in his place of birth, South Africa – Soweto. He started his formal dance training in 1990 at MOVING INTO DANCE where in 2002 he became the Associate Artistic Director. Maqoma has established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. He founded Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1999 when he was undertaking a scholarship at the Performing Arts Research and Training School (PARTS) in Belgium under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.