ABOUT THE SHOW
Do not miss RHYTHMS THE GUMBOOTS SHOW! Let yourself be transported by the tribal songs and be captured by the intense rhythms of the South African’s minors dances, the famous gumboots. This show is a physical performance, a historical tale and a digest of the best of traditional South African dance and singing. The principal instruments are their black boots, pounding the ground, and the callous hands of the dancers who beat, tap, ring and vibrate the gum. Guitar, bass, percussions, keyboard, marimba and drums accompany the dances and songs in English, Zulu and Xhosa. Fierce dances, art of rhythm and captivating polyphonies ... you will not resist the urge to get up and dance entertained during 80 minutes by fifteen fabulous dancers, vocalists and musicians! RHYTHMS THE GUMBOOTS SHOW, a great moment of happiness to enjoy with your family. ‘’Gumboots gave silenced minors a voice’’ The Star (South Africa) ‘’Dancers leave audience whistling, ululating’’ Daily Sun (South Africa)
SYNOPSIS
Rhythms The Gumboots Show Live
It all begins in Zululand in 1871. The Zulus celebrate their departure for the mines of Johannesburg South Africa, leaving their wife and children in the hope of a better living. In the suffocating heat of the mine, half naked and dressed in skins, the minors create the first codes of rhythmic languages using their tools. As time goes by, the minors leave their skins for pants and rubber boots and the first rails are installed. Forced to work in an unsanitary and inhuman conditions, many of them die. Discovering a body lying in a cocopan, one of the minors starts to shout. He is immediately warned by one of his own reminding him that it is strictly forbidden to speak. This is how they start hitting their boots in order to be able to communicate which each other. Other deported minors from Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe meet with South African minors and exchange the different rhythmic codes of their languages giving birth to the dance of gumboots. Over time, during their break, the minors meet to share a beer singing and dancing all together.
THE CREATIVES
OLIVER HAUSER Lighting Designer
MANDLA NHLAPO Vocal Coach, Assistant Musical Director
MDUDUZI MAGAGULA Choreographer
VINCENT NCABASHE Author, Compositor, Musical Director
MAGDA HADNAGY Creator Director Scenographer Costume Designer
PHILIPPE BARREAU Creator Producer
PERFORMERS
MDUDUZI MAGAGULA dancer, vocalist
BONGUKWANDA MNIKATI dancer, vocalist
THABANG MDHLETSHE dancer, vocalist
TEBOHO THEBEHADI dancer, vocalist
LINDOKUHLE RADEBE dancer, vocalist
NKOSINATHI MLANGENI dancer, vocalist
VUYO QHABA dancer, vocalist
GIFT RADEBE dancer, vocalist
SIFISO MALULEKA dancer, vocalist
VINCENT NCABASHE guitar player, lead vocalist
MANDLA NHLAPO percussionist, lead vocalist
INNOCENT MDLALOSE drummer, vocalist
ITUMELENG NKONKO keyboard player, vocalist
INNOCENT HLOBO bass player, vocalist
JEQE NTULI marimba player, vocalist
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