Gregory Maqoma’s CION postponed
The highly anticipated show Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero has been postponed to early next year.
The decision was taken to allow bigger audiences to see the production on the iconic Mandela stage of the Joburg Theatre. According to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions by President Cyril Ramaphosa, attendance of events in indoor venues is limited to 50 persons.
Gregory Maqoma of the Vuyani Dance Theatre remarked: “On behalf of our board, executive management, and the artistic and administrative teams from Vuyani Dance Theatre, we are deeply saddened that during this unprecedented uncertainty, a decision to postpone Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero had to be made. This decision is not just a necessary and right step, it is the only step.
“This unfortunate immediate postponement is necessitated by our ultimate goal to ensure that the message behind Cion, continues to inspire audiences and artists for generations to come. Presenting an internationally revered production such as Cion to only 50 audience members a show would do a disservice to our audiences. We hope to present Cion in January under better circumstances.”
Covid-19 has negatively affected the arts and culture sector, leaving artists and the theatres destitute and in need of support.
Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema, Chief Executive Officer of Joburg City Theatres commented: “This was not an easy decision to conclude, our supporters and patrons were looking forward to this amazing production, however in all honesty, it would be fair on the show to be staged with a bigger audience that we are accustomed to. We remain hopeful that the new year will bring us good tidings and the circumstances will be convenient and safe for bigger numbers to be welcomed in our theatres.”
The production is a unique creative fusion of contemporary African dance led by the renowned Gregory Maqoma and the harmonies of Soweto Gospel Choir. Vuyani Dance Theatre shares a state-of-the-art, visually stunning full-length work that brings literature to life with 20 dynamic dancers and 20 enchanting voices.
Tickets for the new show dates will be announced on Joburg Theatre’s website and social media. Patrons who hold tickets for the 2021 show will be contacted by the Theatre box office this week regarding reticketing and refund options.
Patrons can contact us on one of the following numbers to assist with the refund:
• Call Centre – 0861 670 670
• Tlhopiso – 011 877 6917
As you can imagine we are dealing with a large influx of queries and may not be able to get back to you immediately. However, rest assured we will be working through all queries and making sure we attend to everyone.