Got Zulu? A Symposium on South African Dance & Culture

Got Zulu? A Symposium on South African Dance & Culture

On September 26, 2012, for its fall World Dance Symposium, the Institute will explore South African Dance and Culture with “Juxtapower,” a company of NYC dancers and musicians. Juxtapower will provide a comprehensive representation of South Africa through a program that encompasses both traditional and urban dance and music. For its educational component, the Institute is partnering with NJPAC’s Arts Education program to bring the ensemble’s director, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili into the Newark Vocational High School, which participates in its Arts Education program. The artists will offer a workshop called “Zum-boot” on traditional South African dance for students who have been studying other West African dance forms. 

In the evening, Juxtapower presents a performance at our traditional space, the Bradley Hall Theater on the Rutgers-Newark Campus beginning at 7 p.m.  The concert will feature a journey through South African dance styles from traditional Zulu and Gumboot - a precursor to modern stepping that originated with rural gold mine workers – to “Pantsula,” urban, hip hop-style dance. A reception will follow the performance in which the audience will be able to meet the artists.

Based in NYC, Juxtapower is a production company of dance and song that celebrates the rich history of South Africa, and the coming of age of Africa as a continent. The group, comprised of South African, Caribbean and American performers, is the brainchild of artistic director, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili from Durban, South Africa, and has been touring the United States since 2003.  “Got Zulu,” the production to be featured at the symposium, juxtaposes the different performing arts found in the West with those from Africa, and showcases how both are intrinsically intertwined. 

Who to contact:

Marisa Pierson