Dance group provides taste of African culture

The Tribhangi Dance Theatre
The Tribhangi Dance Theatre

An internationally renowned South African dance company will perform in Lytham in May.

Tribhangi Dance Theatre will perform their show Sukuma” at the Lowther Pavilion on May 12 at 7.30pm.

Sukuma means ‘stand up’ in Swahili, and that’s exactly what the audience will be doing when they witness the award-winning dance company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Their striking, high-energy performances reflect their colourful African, contemporary, Afro-fusion and Bharatanatyam (South Indian) dance styles.

The company combine the grace of Indian classical Bharatanatyam with the strong physicality of African dance that come together with a contemporary flair.

Tribhangi means “three bends in a body”, and the company celebrate and demonstrate this with their “unique presentation, challenging experimentation, enthusiasm and energy” – hallmarks of every Tribhangi performance.

The show explores dances from throughout South Africa and explores their greater cultural significance across the continent.

The show is supported by Sampad, based in Birmingham, who aim to develop a deep and distinctive structure of South Asian arts across the UK.

Tribhangi’s artistic and executive director, Jayesperi Moopen said: “I think Tribhangi’s work is to create and reflect our multicultural society, and to be a part of that multicultural society; to be part of a whole.

“When you start combining different types of dance you have to be respectful and you have to do your research of both the dance styles and find the common points that resonate with both cultures.”

Sukuma forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to village halls and libraries across the county.

For more information about the show or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages eight and above, are available from the box office by calling 01253 794 221.