Inala is a Dance Ballet. produced by the collaboration of Sisters Grimm and the Ladysnith Black Mambazo Choir, it’s an exciting evening.
There’s no claimed narrative structure, but it’s fun to recognise cocks crowing, people fishing, a street scene. The stage at the Playhouse theatre in Edinburgh is large and it easily houses the nine man choir, five person musical ensemble and a host of athletic and classically trained dancers. Some of the early morning sets with their backdrop of glowing red are particularly evocative. South Africa may see visitor numbers increase.
A soundtrack overlaid the live music and created a believable tropical ambience with cicadas and roaring beasts.
Choreography by Mark Baldwin and Composition by Joseph Shabalala and the choir.