CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY JEREMY NEDD & IMPILO MAPANTSULA
In South Africa’s townships, the energetic dance form of the Pantsula emerged during the apartheid period. A new subculture soon formed around the extremely fast, virtuoso step sequences. Their codes can still be seen today in clothing, language, music and a very special philosophy of life. In “The Ecstatic” Jeremy Nedd and Impilo Mapantsula merge the Pantsula with another tradition – the praise break, which comes from the ecclesiastical context of the Pentecostal movement. In these services, dance, movement, voice and sound fuse in an exuberant way. The participants experience true ecstasy. But what happens when the two dance styles come together? Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula focus on the praise break in “The Ecstatic”. It is understood literally. On stage, time seems to stand almost still, while the six dancers trace in a precise movements the moment of ecstatic experience and absorption into the community.
By and with Kgotsofalang Moshe Mavundla, Tommy Tee Motsapi, Bonakele Mambotjie Masethi,
Sicelo Malume ka Xaba, Sello Zilo Modiga, Vusi 2.2 Mdoyi
Stage Laura Knüsel Technics and Light Thomas Giger Music / Composition Xzavier Stone &
Modulaw Audio design Fabrizio Di Salvo Dramaturgy Anta Helena Recke
Coproduction Kaserne Basel, Arsenic Lausanne, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau Supported by: Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS / BL, Südkulturfonds, Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler-Stiftung, Schweizer Interpretenstiftung, Wilhelm und Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung