Date: July 21, 2017



Concept, Choreography, Direction Jessica Nupen
Choreographic Assistance Sunnyboy Motau & Oscar Buthelezi
Music Composition Spoek Mathambo
Costume and Set Design Anmari Honiball
Cinematography Ed Blignaut
Light Design Wilhelm Disbergen
Sound and Audio Visual Willie Botha
‘Dance of the Knights’ music piece composer Felix Striegler
Production Management Fanny Roy
PR, Marketing Meropa, Behind the Scenes, Ulrike Steffel
Photography Steve Thomas, Tanja Hall, Xavier Saer

Dancers Moving Into Dance Mophatong
Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi, Muzi Shili, Teboho
Gilbert Letele, Thenjiwe Soxokoshe, Asanda
Ruda, Eugene Mashiane and Thabang Mdlalose

Supported by:
Lufthansa | Rand Merchant Bank | Goldman Sachs | Ammer Foundation | Hamburg Cultural Ministry | Hamburg Cultural Foundation | German Embassy South Africa | Goethe Institute Johannesburg | Mantombazana Foundation | Dance Forum | Moving Into Dance Mophatong | South African Embassy Berlin | South African Consulate General Munich | Brand South Africa | University of Hamburg | Uber | Norman Goodfellows |

Private Sponsors Honorary Patron: Pulane Kingston

Rebellion & Johannesburg fuses traditional culture and contemporary culture to depict the landscape of the young individual wrestling with the convoluted South Africa as well as that of star-crossed lovers; Romeo & Juliet. Throughout the work we begin to discover that it is made up of various scenes which all seem to aid the entire theme of young individuals living in a chaotic land. It is when Shakespeare’s age old tale is introduced that we may get startled. The performers introduce Romeo & Juliet in a traditional South African context where a wild “Sangoma” replaces the concerned “Friar” and pink paint (Police used to spray protesters with pink water during demonstrations in Cape Town) the deadly poison.

Jessica Nupen Grew up in Johannesburg where, as a young girl, she was exposed to the harsh brutalities of racism and the oppressiveness inflicted by a minority in power. These memories and experiences have had a profound impact on the way that she sees and interprets the world around her. Jessica completed her professional training in London at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and has danced in Covent Garden, the National Theater of Mannheim and the State Theaters of Giessen, Lübeck and Berlin, and currently produces her work in Germany and South Africa. Her works have been performed in Germany as part of an African Female Arts collective and alongside dance greats such as Emio Greco and Ohad Naharin in Italy. She recently opened the South African Dance Umbrella Festival with her internationally acclaimed REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG dance-theatre production.

Moving Into Dance Mophatong Established in 1978 as a non-racial dance company, Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) is a trailblazing, nationally acclaimed dance company, which has produced a multitude of award winning and productive dancers and choreographers throughout South Africa and internationally. MIDM is South Africa’s premiere professional, full-time, contemporary African dance company and training academy.

Spoek Mathambo Mathambo grew up in Soweto, South Africa. In 2010, his debut album Mshini Wam received the Young Director Award at the 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The edgy, unorthodox figure of Spoek Mathambo heads the South African band Fantasma project. Mathambo’s music incorporates Zulu traditions, hip hop psych rock, ancestral beats, Bacardi house and even aspects of surf music.

Anmari Honiball Anmari grew up in the historical diamond town of Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. She was awarded winner of the Lufthansa First Best Collections. Currently she is working under her fashion label ANMARI HONIBALL that produces locally made women’s wear.

Ed Blignaut Professional freelance photographer and videographer who focusses on capturing the essence of a subject, be it in nature or people. He has worked with Ross Garrett, Warren Van Rensburg, Steve Tanchel, and Sacha Waldman.

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