South African dance company head to Lytham

An internationally renowned South African dance company will perform in Lytham St. Annes in May.

Tribhangi Dance Theatre will perform their show “Sukuma” at the Lowther Pavilion on Thursday 12 May at 7.30pm. Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages eight and above, are available from the box office by calling 01253 794 221.

Sukuma means ‘stand up’ in Swahili, and that’s exactly what the audience will be doing when they witness Tribhangi Dance Theatre, an award-winning dance company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their striking, high-energy performances reflect their colourful African, contemporary, Afro-fusion and Bharatanatyam (South Indian) dance styles.

The company combine the grace of Indian classical Bharatanatyam with the strong physicality of African dance that come together with a contemporary flair. This is an exhilarating dance experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Tribhangi means ‘three bends in a body’, and the company celebrate and demonstrate this with their unique presentation, challenging experimentation, enthusiasm and energy – hallmarks of every Tribhangi performance.

The show is supported by Sampad, based in Birmingham, who aim to develop a deep and distinctive structure of South Asian arts across the UK.

Speaking in a recent interview with CNN, Tribhangi’s artistic and executive director, Jayesperi Moopen, spoke about the company:

“I think Tribhangi’s work is to create and reflect our multicultural society, and to be a part of that multicultural society; to be part of a whole. When you start combining different types of dance you have to be respectful and you have to do your research of both the dance styles and find the common points that resonate with both cultures.”

You can watch the full CNN report here.