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Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro by Vuyani Dance Theatre
Feb 1, 8pm

Co-Presented with MASS MoCA

Gregory Maqoma, one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists, returns to MASS MoCA with Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro. Carried by the transformative singing of an African choir, the work weaves a narrative of greed, power, and the pain of mourning with a moving live score interrogating Ravel’s music through South African vocal traditions. Maqoma founded Vuyani Dance Theatre in 1999 with the vision to build a platform for artists in South Africa and beyond—where collaboration could be a catalyst for breaking cultural barriers. Maqoma’s collaborations with top artists from around the globe include William Kentridge’s acclaimed production The Head and the Load and Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s new multimedia musical Tree, among others.


This program is supported in part by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance at MASS MoCA in association with Jacob’s Pillow.

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Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro by Vuyani Dance Theatre

At MASS MoCA: Feb 1