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March 24, 2018

Curries Fountain

The Playhouse Company’s 2018 Ingoma Competition a popular triumph

The Durban’s Playhouse Company’s 6th annual Ingoma Competition was attended by large crowds of enthusiasts and supporters from across KwaZulu-Natal. They were there to cheer their favourite groups on to achieve success against stiff competition. The day was notable for the extremely high level of accomplishment among the groups. From the start of the day’s programme, which ran from 9am until mid-afternoon, they each exhibited their superbly rehearsed and excitingly choreographed dance routines, attired in colourful costumes, as they competed in the seven dance styles that exist with the Zulu culture, namely: Isigekle, Ingoma Sikhuze, uMzansi, Ingoma Yezintombi,  Ingoma Yezinsizwa, uShameni, and Indlamu.

Presented by The Playhouse Company, an agency of The Department of Arts and Culture, the spectacular event took place at Curries Fountain (Berea) on Saturday 24 March, with 40  Zulu dance groups competing for prizes, trophies and prestige, with the total prize money offered at the value of R197 400.

“We were delighted with the day’s outcome,” said Ms Linda Bukhosini, The Playhouse Company’s CEO and Artistic Director. “The Playhouse Company’s mandate is to produce equitable programmes of live theatre productions in the fields of music, drama and dance which are representative of all our diverse cultural groups that comprise the population of KwaZulu-Natal. We are proud that as an institution we have been able to cement our reputation in producing a competition of this magnitude which upholds and celebrates our wonderful various traditional art forms.”

“Judging by the spirit of excitement and togetherness that was palpable throughout the day,” Ms Bukhosini added, “our traditional Zulu dance audience felt a great sense of fulfillment in having watched their own artists shine so magnificently. We at The Playhouse Company were overjoyed to see them whole-heartedly enjoying themselves, spending time together with us in celebrating our rich Zulu culture.”

Admission was free to all.

Photo credits: The day’s seven winning groups pictured by Val Adamson

 

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Ingoma Competition 2018 runs in Durban tomorrow

A new home at Curries Fountain for The Playhouse Company’s Annual Ingoma Competition due to popular demand.

The Playhouse Company’s annual Ingoma Competition has been a success story over the years and 2018 sings no different tune! Celebrating its 6th year, the competition moves to a bigger venue due to popular demand. This year the competition takes place at Curries Fountain (Berea), with over 36 Zulu dance groups competing for prizes, trophies and prestige, with the total prize money offered at the value of R197 400.

The term, “ingoma” literally translates as an “anthem” in the isiZulu language, however nowadays it tends to refer to the many and varied dance styles that exist within the Zulu culture, particularly in the competitive arena. Groups who enter the competition will be judged on their performances in the following seven dance style categories: oMama Besigekle, uShameni, Ingoma Yezinsizwa, Ingoma Yezintombi, Ingoma Sekhuze, Indlamu and uMzansi.

Traditionally, each particular dance is performed by specific people of a particular age, gender and status and at a particular time or period such as a season or a month of an event such as a wedding. Body position and movements are highly specific to the particular dance style and region. In fact, even with a region such as KwaZulu-Natal, dance styles may vary from village to village. Dance among Zulu people is said to operate similarly to language and a medium through which to communicate history.

“The Playhouse Company’s mandate is to produce equitable programmes of live theatre productions in the fields of music, drama and dance which are representative of all our diverse cultural groups that comprise the population of KwaZulu-Natal. We are proud that as an institution we have been able to cement our reputation in producing a competition of this magnitude which upholds and celebrates our wonderful various traditional art forms,” said The Playhouse Company’s CEO and Artistic Director, Ms Linda Bukhosini.

The 2018 Ingoma competition takes place on Saturday, 24 March from 09h00 at Curries Fountain, Berea, and free admission is granted to all patrons.

For further information about this event, please contact Khulekani Kunene on (031) 369 9440

Photo credits: Some of last year’s winning groups, pictured by Val Adamson