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‘Kiu’ quenches thirst for theatre lovers

More Matshediso

Sport, Arts and Culture

In recent times, South Africa has been hard hit by severe drought and parts of the country are still trying to recover.

’Kiu’ is a profound and moving dance experience performed to beautiful live Afrocentric music.

For theatre lovers, this reality is brought to them live on stage in the form of a dance production called ‘Kiu’, which is being showcased at the South African State Theatre until 24 July.

Kiu is a Swahili word that means ‘thirst’. The dance production is a diverse narrative signifying the critical age of drought in Africa and the significance of preserving water. Inspired by the ancient African rain dance, ‘Kiu’ is a plea for rainfall.

It is written, directed and choreographed by University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology’s part-time drama lecturer Mduduzi Vincent Nhlapo.

“’Kiu’ is a profound and moving dance experience. Raw, sensitive, intense, hostile, sensuous, meditative and soul-searching, it is performed to hauntingly beautiful live Afrocentric music,” said Nhlapo.

The dance production premiered last year at the South African State Theatre and formed part of the main programme of the National Arts Festival in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape this year.

Those who are interested in watching the show can buy tickets for R110 at the State Theatre.