FROM THE BLOG
We all are familiar with titles like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, and even The Magic Flute. While we might not be able to recite the plot word for word, these are at least productions we’ve heard of throughout our lives. Penned by the likes of Shakespeare and Mozart, these canonical works are landmarks for theatre history and remain pinnacle productions today.
Isango Ensemble has continued the tradition of these great works, but with new meaning by bringing their culture and history as South Africans to each performance. The ensemble is comprised of artists primarily from townships surrounding Cape Town, melding their personal stories with seminal works from theatre and opera canon. The immense joy Isango amplifies is intentionally known to be an infectious spell of music, art, and culture. Sir Ian McKellen, an avid patron, perhaps said it best — “The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings old theatre classics into a modern, wholly African expression.”