Archive for October, 2014

Review of Inala A Zulu Ballet with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Cambridge on Saturday

October 5, 2014

Inala, a Zulu Ballet with Ladysmith Black Mambazo positively mesmerised the packed audience in the Corn Exchange on Saturday. The haunting, evocative sounds of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo, exotic African natural calls, sensitive tones from a small classical orchestral ensemble, and first rate ballet were beautifully integrated into an amazing artistic creation.
Subtle lighting changes provided ideal backdrops to scenes of pain, sorrow, joy or mischief that moved seamlessly in an evening of sheer African beauty. The stirring close harmony of the singers was enhanced with subtle more western-style notes that brought forth emotions and memories that we share as human beings. The flights of imagination within us were wonderfully replicated in the amazing feats of the highly agile, energetic dancers.
This production epitomizes the ideal. In the this show, at last, I witnessed proof that it is indeed possible to empathize with the expression within a piece of music and to extend and illustrate it exactly with dancers who can leap higher, quiver more energetically or pirouette exhilaratingly in complete sympathy with the music as they move together as one.
This was indeed an unforgettable performance.