The ambitious production is a heartfelt and uplifting show that uses an exhilarating fusion of cultures to transport audiences to the heart of South Africa.
Although it was conceived as a Zulu ballet, INALA is not your typical ballet performance.
The choreography – by Mark Baldwin OBE, former artistic director of Rambert – is a real melting pot of styles, mixing elements of Western ballet and contemporary dance with traditional Zulu song and dance.
INALA’s producers are former Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman and Grammy-nominated composer Ella Spira. Between them they have a wealth of theatre experience and are passionate about cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations.
Their London-based production company, Sisters Grimm, nurtured INALA from its original concept through to its sold-out debut performance at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014.
Audiences were won over by the show’s relatable themes (of love, friendship, jealousy, fear, resilience and the sense of home), energetic dancing and vibrant vocal music.
The original score is composed by four-time Grammy Award-winning choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala and Sisters Grimm co-founder Ella Spira. It blends the intricate rhythms and layered harmonies of South African music with live percussion, piano and strings.
INALA has played two sell-out runs at Sadler’s Wells, and toured in the UK and internationally. This season, the smash-hit show is returning to London to make its West End debut at the Peacock Theatre.
The West End production of INALA will feature the two-time Grammy Award-winning South African choral group, Soweto Gospel Choir.
The dancers include current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet – including South African dancer Camille Bracher – and Rambert; as well as BBC Young Dancer 2017 winner Nafisah Baba.
Sisters Grimm, which also presented Voices of the Amazon in 2017, currently has three further productions in development.
|What||Sisters Grimm, INALA, Peacock Theatre|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
30 Apr 19 – 18 May 19, 19:30 Sat 14:30, Sun 14:00 & 18:30 (no show 12 May) Dur.: 1hour 40 mins inc one intervalk
|Price||£18-£55 (+booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|