After business school, Philippe started in the business more than twenty-three years ago by negotiating partnerships (sponsors and media) for theatres and for different entertainment production companies.
In 1996, he joined a producer and headed the communication and production departments.
In 2004, he decided to create his own entertainment company CITYPROD. Its influence is international and produces shows all over the world.
The shows produced so far are: Umoja, The Stars of Bolchoï, Acrobatic Nutcracker by the National Circus of China, Shadowland, Fire of Anatolia, Tribute to Miriam Makeba, The National Ballet of Cuba, Red Army Choirs, The Imperial Ballet of Russia, Georgian Legend, Natural Mystic Tour, Jimmy Cliff, Kool and The Gang, Soweto Gospel Choir, Magic Flute South African version, Tristan & Isolde The Symphonic Celtic Ballet, Cirkafrika, Sarafina ...
In 2017 Philippe realized his dream by resuscitating the magic of Les Miserables in a French version concert with a triumphant French tour that exports around the world.
In 2019 he has been the Executive Producer of the French Musical Siddhartha l’Opera Rock, which was a great success during 6 weeks at Le Palais des Sports de Paris.
This year Philippe will produce Rhythms The Gumboots Show and the world premières will take place in Johannesburg next February.
Magda began to learn the performing arts - singing, dancing, acrobatics – at a very young age.
When she was twelve, she sang in Opera de Paris choirs.
At seventeen, she brought her first album on the Polydor label in France.
Magda produced shows throughout the world, directing and choreographing them as well as designing the costumes and sets. At the same time, she also staged many shows for French and International productions.
In 2017 she took the artistic direction of CITYPROD and staged in particular the French version concert of the world phenomenon show Les Miserables.
In 2019 Magda ensured the staging, choreographies and scenography of the French Musical Siddhartha l’Opera Rock.
Beginning 2020, she staged and choreographed the new show Othello The Musical and in February she will be the stage director and scenographer of the new South African show Rhythms The Gumboots Show.
Vincent Nickname “viva” was born and raised in Diepkloof in Soweto. While still in school he joined the Thabisong Youth Club which was formed in 1974 by Mrs Makhudu. The aim of the Youth club was to keep the children out of the streets, crime and drugs which for so many years was a great success as it produced the best. He received training in Drama, poetry and Dance.
In the Early 80's he was one of the members which formed a group called Rashile Poets which performed a lot in shopping malls, markets and community hall which gave him training and experience and growth to his craft. With that he toured Nationally and to neighboring countries to mention a few Swaziland and Cape town that is where he realized that his dreams and aspirations where finally coming true.
In 1990 he formed a group called Rishile Gumboot Dancers of Soweto which was one of the most amazing long successful Gumboot shows that toured South Africa and internationally. Vincent was a lead singer, Dancer and guitarist which carried the show beautifully with his talent. Gumboot show which performed in Market Theatre and in the whole world.
In 2019 he meets Philippe Barreau and Magda Hadnagy and decide to create together with Mduduzi Magagula a new version of the Gumboot show called Rhythms The Gumboots Show for which Vincent will be the author and compositor. He will also be on stage in the show as lead singer with always his inseparable guitar.
At the same time Vincent continues to devote the remaining time to training the young people of Soweto in dance (Gumboot) and music.
* for the songs : Africa unity, Abafana Bengoma Soweto, Thank You Lord, Ingoma Song, Celebration, The sun Is Rising
Born in Soweto, Mduduzi began to learn tap dancing at the age of 12 under the direction of the South African Zwelibanzi "Mkhulu" Bhwangwe, the legendary old man. The latter does not only teach him to dance. It also teaches him about survival, discipleship, respect and prosperity.
In 2004 and 2005, he participated in two successful shows called Tapsula and Amataps at the Market Theater in Johannesburg.
In 2007, he joined the South African musical show Mother Africa as a choreographer and tap dancer. He stayed there for ten years and travelled several times in Europe, but also in America and Oceania.
For the 2017 and 2018 seasons he joined the new distribution of the South African Musical Sarafina as first dancer and participated in successful performances at the Joburg Theater in Johannesburg but also at the Fort de France Festival in Martinique.
Born in Soweto, Mandla begins to take an interest in the arts at the age of 12. He be trained as an actor, dancer, djembe and marimba player.
In 2000 he joins the dikwa band as a percussionist vocalist and collaborates with Ntiski and Thandiswa Mazwai, Sizwe Vena, Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo.
In 2007 he joins Vuyani Dance Theatre as a percussionist vocalist, and does tour the globe to places like USA, France, Congo, Mali, Angola, Switzerland to just count a few.
In 2013 he becomes Musical Director for Sinokhanyo Dance Theatre and in 2014 he represents South Africa in Cairo Egypt at the International drum Festival.
From 2017, he teaches music for three years in Johannesburg and at the same time made marimbas.
In 2019, he joins Rhythms the Gumboots Show as a percussionist, vocalist, coach vocal and Musical Director assistant.
In 1970, Antonio de Carvalho was seduced by the world of entertainment.
He started in the lights with the shows Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. He signed his first light conceptions in 1975. Follow those of fifty concerts including those of James Brown, Julio Iglesias, Nana Mouskouri, Indochine ..., French one-man shows Pierre Palmade, Michel Leeb ..., Musicals Shrek The Musical, Footloose, Frankenstein Junior, Lili Lampion, Merlin, Romeo and Juliet…, Operas with Les Noces de Figaro, La Flute Enchantée, Carmen…, Circus Cirque Phoenix, Tomorrow's world circus festival, and a hundred plays including Les Couteaux dans le dos, Country music, Résister c'est exister, Moby Dick, Pygmalion, La Reine de Beauté by Leenane, La Nostalgie des Blattes… ".
He is also Director of Photography for many television programs.
The design of its lights will play its rich colors on the stage for its new creations. This is the sketch of an artist, master of the ephemeral, who knows how to make your eyes shine.
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