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Mophato Dance Theatre Wows Theatre Audiences

Mophato Dance TheaterMophato Dance TheaterOn Saturday night Maitisong opened its doors to theatre lovers who came to enjoy 'Trinity', a dance production by Mophato Dance Theater.

The dance group which is the brain child of Andrew Kola first came on our radar with their performance of a "Sophia Town" choreography on local talent show My African Dream; but has since continued to prove that they're a national gem.

They've performed internationally, as well as on a local level including two other dance productions, 'Hayani' and 'Wosana'. Both productions were joined by ' XX-XY' in the three piece production held on Saturday night, beginning with 'Hayani' and ending with 'Wosana'.

The show began with Hayani, which opens with a solo act by Andrew Kola. The very muscular Andrew performs a mix of contemporary dance and traditional choreographed by Luyanda Sidiya, before being joined by the rest of the fairly young cast.

The show then progresses into a much more energetic XX-XY choreographed Julia Blumbers. This time the music moves away from the sultry selection in Hayani to an upbeat dance selection that had audience members dancing along before some were invited to join in the dance. While two of the selected audience members attempted to keep up with the Cast, the third, a young girl of Asian descent stood shyly on stage embarrassed at the attention.

Mophato Dance Theater then wrapped up the show with Andrew Kola's choreography Wosana. Choreographed around the Kalanga tribe's rain dance the dancing was accompanied by drums, violin and singing. It was beautiful to watch young dancers execute the traditional dance that the Kalanga pride themselves in.

The audience cheered when rain poured on stage at the end of the wosana production. As usual Andrew's dancer showed skill and passion with the most memorable being brothers Chisala and Kalima Mipata as well as Mamello Magabo. When questioned about his last solo performance and its inspiration, dancer Kalima said it was dedicated to a close friend Lemohang Pillar that had lost her life in a car accident that morning.

The show closed off with a bow from Andrew Kola and international choreographer Julia Blumber while audiences gave them a standing ovation. Audience member Tigele Ndlebesi remarked "The most special thing about tonight was not even the show. The show was great but it was really great that on a Saturday night the theatre was practically full of a paying audience. That's nice to see."

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