glyph 538: art, music, theatre ... inspiration ... South Africa . townships ... Mozart: Magic Flute ... radical expansion of the idea of the cosmopolitan . this time include everyone ... broad stage, santa monica, ca, california, october 2014


Isango Ensemble - South Africa

old theatre classics ... modern wholly African expression -Sir Ian Mckellen

We are committed to creating theatre that is accessible to all South Africans and to contributing to a more united South African nation. Isango's award-winning film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha and our second film Son of Man were filmed on location in Khayelitsha and propelled this historically disadvantaged township into the international spotlight. Local residents were given the opportunity to be part of the films and U-Carmen premiered in Khayelitsha's O. R. Tambo Sports Centre, playing there for three weeks to excited audiences. We intend to further develop this process by building a truly mixed audience, reflecting and uniting our diverse South African nation.

The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings old theatre classics into a modern, wholly African expression. -Sir Ian Mckellen, Isango Ensemble Patron

Mozart's Magic Flute:
October 12, 2014: At the Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California
June 8, 2014; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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