Gregory Maqoma’s CION: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro


Gregory Maqoma’s Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro accompanied by the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is back on stage after it was postponed in June due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Partnership with Joburg Theatre and Vuyani Dance Theatre is excited to host the long-anticipated show between 29 August and 5 September 2021 on the iconic Mandela stage that has recently been upgraded.

When Gregory Maqoma created CION: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro, it was with a notion that grief cannot be experienced in isolation, it needs a congregation, a community, a friend and even strangers to help one get through it.

‘So many of us are going through grief and every day we have to face the reality that someone we fondly know, someone we call a grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, brother, sister, friend, son, daughter, neighbour, colleague or those whom we have never met in flesh but have an everlasting impact, they no longer walking the earth physically with us,’ said Gregory Maqoma, Founder and Creative Director of Vuyani Dance Theatre.

Cion is about giving us, as a congregation, an opportunity to weep, to wail, to scream, to hope, to pray and heal together as an audience.

Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema, Chief Executive Officer of Joburg City Theatres remarked: “We look forward to welcoming the performers and patrons. An unprecedented global pandemic may have dampened our spirits, together with Vuyani Dance Theatre, we will restore the vigour and excitement of African performance with enthusiasm that our patrons are accustomed to.”

The production is a unique creative fusion of contemporary African dance led by the Otto Nhlapo together with 20 dancers from Vuyani Dance Theatre and the harmonies of the Soweto Gospel Choir. Vuyani Dance Theatre shares a state-of-the-art, visually stunning full-length work that brings literature to life as the piece follows the author Zakes Mda’s iconic character Toloki from Ways of Dying through to Cion, where Toloki uncovers the story of the run-away slaves.

Observing strict Covid-19 protocols of social distancing, sanitising and wearing masks, Joburg Theatre has been at the forefront of creating a safe theatre experience for everyone since South Africa recorded its first Covid-19 case in March 2020, by producing shows with limited seating and also accommodating patrons from the comfort of their own homes by streaming shows online while maintaining the delivery of world-class entertainment.

Limited tickets are available in line with the COVID regulations on or by calling 0861 670 670.

Bongani Maseko
076 644 7793
Joburg Theatre