Vincent Mantsoe comes home to the Wits Theatre

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Vincent Mantsoe in KonKoriti at the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience. Photo: Val Adamson

After premiering with sold out houses and standing ovations, dancer and choreographer South African-born Vincent S.K Mantsoe brings his new solo work KonKoriti home to Johannesburg, with a one night only performance at The Wits Theatre on September 8 at 8pm.

Like much of this award-winning choreographer’s work, KonKoriti has a spiritual core, made tangible in physical expression.

It is a return to Mantsoe’ original solo format, with him at helm of the choreography, costuming and light design. The music is by Kayhan Kalhor with The Brooklyn Rider and The Master Drummers of Burundi.

KonKoriti is described as; ‘a state of being’ a tireless pursuit, for self-righteousness. , inspired by the physicality, spirituality, power, pride of a “person”.

Mantsoe premiered the work in Germany in June this year, and the African premiere is programmed for Jomba! 2016 after which, in collaboration with The Wits Theatre, and with support from Institut Francais South Africa (IFAS), Mantsoe concludes his South African visit with this special performance of KonKoriti in Johannesburg.

“It is with great honour and excitement that I will be performing here. The Wits Theatre has been my stage professionally since I started dancing. First presenting my work during the FNB Dance Umbrella, then winning most of my awards there and premiering my work together with Moving into Dance. Beautiful, exciting memories. So I am looking forward to presenting my new work at Wits,” said Mantsoe.

Based in France, Mantsoe is acclaimed for his unique choreographic style, which has evolved on his early Afro-fusion dance training under the mentorship Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser and Moving into Dance and draws on African, Contemporary and Asian movements.

His work is strongly focused on preserving cultures, particularly his own South African culture, in the 21st century.

He has been commissioned to perform around the world, garnered multiple dance awards, and has been involved in residencies and collaborations in Australia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Japan, Germany, South Korea, France and South Africa.

“I was honoured that Vincent wanted to perform his new solo show at the Wits Theatre. He is a dancer and choreographer who I have enormous respect for and staging his work at the theatre is an affirmation of the theatre being a place of innovation and excellence,” said Gita Pather, director of Wits Theatre.

Tickets R200 at www.webtickets.co.za or R230 at the door.

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