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Mamela Nyamza: HATCHED ENSEMBLE

Dance Umbrella

Dance Umbrella Hatched Ensemble

Urgent and subtly spectacular work from choreographer Mamela Nyamza featuring ten dancers, an opera singer and an African traditional multi-instrumentalist.

Clad in stunning costume creations, the dancers challenge gender norms whilst juxtaposing references to Western classical dance and music with South African vocals. HATCHED ENSEMBLE is the extension of Mamela Nyamza’s original and highly acclaimed solo work Hatched created in 2007, an autobiographical work where the choreographer reflected on her life as a mother, lesbian and artist.

Mamela Nyamza is a dancer, choreographer, director, and performing artist who has been trained in ballet, modern and African dance styles. She has won many accolades for her activism-focused creations. HATCHED ENSEMBLE continues her work which unapologetically demystifies and deconstructs the history of dance, interrogating the accepted norms of the classics.

Running time: 70 mins, no interval

Age guidance: 13+

Audio described performance, Fri 11 Oct
Touch tour at 6.45pm

Presented by Dance Umbrella and Barbican. Dance Umbrella’s presentation of HATCHED ENSEMBLE is supported by British Council, Cockayne Foundation and The Edwin Fox Foundation.

Part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2024

Image credit: Mark Wessels

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Reviews

‘A gesture of simultaneous release, freedom, and acceptance of their African identity and sexuality. Fittingly, it ends in a resounding standing ovation.‘
‘ Insightful and thought-provoking‘

Barbican Theatre