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SA Dance Troupe Via Katlehong Brings “Via Injabulo” to Joburg Theatre



Johannesburg, South Africa – Celebrated dance troupe Via Katlehong is gearing up for an exhilarating performance of their latest production, “Via Injabulo,” at the Joburg Theatre from June 29 to July 2. After enthralling audiences during their recent world tour, this will be the first time the group showcases their talent for a local South African audience. Their tour is made possible with the support of the French Institute of South Africa, the French Institute in Paris, and TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa as reported by the Joburg Theatre.

Following the success of their collaboration with renowned choreographer Gregory Maqoma on “Via Kanana,” Via Katlehong has invited Amala Dianor (France/Senegal) and Marco da Silva Ferreira (Portugal) to join them in creating a new masterpiece. “Via Injabulo” offers a captivating double bill that combines the joy of dance and the spirit of sharing. It celebrates the vibrant community, culture, and traditions of the Katlehong township, blending contemporary dance with the dynamic South African pantsula style.

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In “Emaphakathini,” Amala Dianor explores the concept of amalgamation, pushing boundaries and discovering new spaces and connections (“emaphakathini”) through movement. Meanwhile, in “førm Inførms,” Marco da Silva Ferreira reinvents the metaphor of the body as an anthropological object, embodying rebellion and the anti-hero figure.

Via Katlehong’s unique fusion of traditional African dance, hip-hop, and contemporary dance has enchanted mesmerised audiences worldwide. According to a review in the French newspaper Le Monde, “Via Injabulo” is an impressive amalgamation of dance styles seamlessly intertwined:


“The dancers of Via Katlehong took festival-goers on a whirlwind escapade. With ‘Via Injabulo,’ the South African troupe delivers top-notch hip-hop entertainment. A beautiful intertwining of unison movements showcases squads of dancers whose astonishing gestures, marked by rhythmic footwork, magically synchronise.”

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Via Katlehong has garnered international acclaim through successful tours in France and Europe, including a standout performance at the prestigious Avignon Festival.

“We are thrilled to finally bring our performance home to South Africa,” says Buru Mohlabane, manager of Via Katlehong. “Our previous international tours were immensely successful, and we are excited to share our new work with our local fans and supporters.”

Their upcoming performance at the Joburg Theatre promises to be a spellbinding showcase of music, dance, and storytelling. This three-day event will surely be a highlight of the cultural calendar, captivating audiences with its boundless creativity and artistry.


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