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Show Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: Full Price £14, Concessions £12 (TF discount applies)
Running time: 55 minutes (approx)
2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell-Out Laurel holder ‘I Am Rhythm’ takes you on an unforgettable dance and music journey all the way from South Africa. Mesmerising melodies intertwined with an array of traditional and urban dance tell the story of the evolution of rhythm and dance in South Africa; from tribal Tswana, warrior Zulu, to energetic Gumboot, swinging Kofifi, to urban Pantsula and Sbujwa dance styles.
I am Rhythm by After Freedom NPC is a dance production promoting South Africa’s young street talent. Developed by Morgan Njobo and the cast members, the production premiered at Dance Base – Scotland’s National Centre for Dance as part of 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The dance show tells a story of Rhythm, the one that runs in the blood and dictates the heartbeat in South Africa. The production includes both tribal and modern music and dance with a strong focus on showcasing the youth culture of South Africa where urban dance and beats set the rhythm for a new generation of Sowetans. Music and dance are combined with storytelling and audio-visual effects to enrich the story of Rhythm. The production was supported by the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Department of Arts and Culture under the South African Presidency Office.
Morgan Njobo, the Artistic Director of After Freedom Productions, explains the vision of the company: ‘The ultimate aim of the production company is to create employment opportunities to talented unprivileged youth from Soweto. Touring ‘I Am Rhythm’ across the UK is to take us closer into creating a sustainable model of improving soft and hard employability skills in the performing arts industry as well as creating and promoting contemporary South African culture defined by new generations.’ As he explains: ‘We promote the rich and varied cultures of South Africa by providing street performers with opportunities to showcase their talent at world stages.’After Freedom Productions provide opportunities to performers with and without formal education in performing arts. The company promotes South African culture as a developing industry with a great potential to expand on international arts and entertainment markets.
5***** – One4Review ”The origins of South African dance, and its evolution, from prehistoric times up to the present day, are joyfully celebrated in this exuberant show.”
4**** – The LIST ”Eight South African song and dance men generate the kind of whole-hearted, full-bodied pleasure that transcends cultural clichés.”
4**** – The Scotsman ”It’s hard to know who wears the bigger smile during I Am Rhythm, the performers or us, as After Freedom Productions build an exuberant, joyful and informative picture of South African dance history.”
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