"Skwatta", Vincent Mantsoe. Photo: © Val Adams

NTU, Skwatta

Vincent Mantsoe / Compagnie NOA (Soweto, Paris)

23 + 24 jan.

These two works of a social and political nature embody the strength and resilience of the human spirit. NTU, an intuitive ritual dance, takes us into nothingness, the place where all is possible. Creation is not an end in itself, but rather the path to get there. Skwatta is a reflection on the misery afflicting the townships of South Africa, where Vincent Mantsoe himself grew up.

Deep in the chaotic beauty and madness of the Skwatta Camps, no escape is possible for the “sophisticated in the gutters.” Skwatta is a captivating exploration of western street dance, martial arts and traditional African dance, all performed by an unparalleled artist.

The role of spirituality in his work, which he describes as a process of “borrowing from the ancestors,” highlights the importance of understanding the sources of his traditional movements.

The world-renowned choreographer and performer has done extensive tours of Europe, Asia and North America. His notable achievements in dance include performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA) and Maison de la Danse (France).


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