U.S. Premiere | Dance/Music-Theatre

Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro

January 15 at 7:30pm | January 16-18 at 8pm | January 18 at 2pm at The Joyce Theater | 60 minutes

Set in a graveyard filled with the persistent cries of visitors in mourning and the poignant music of Isicathamiya singers (an a cappella singing style originating from the Zulus), Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro vividly elicits emotions associated with the loss of life. Physically charged and visually striking, the work is choreographed by South African native and internationally-known choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma. Cion draws inspiration from author Zakes Mda’s novel,  Cion and Ravel’s Boléro,  and is, in Maqoma’s words, “a lament, a requiem required to awaken a part of us, the connection to the departed souls.”


A production of Vuyani Dance Theatre


Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature


Photo Credit: Siphosihle Mkhwanazi

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Gregory Vuyani Maqoma

Nhlanhla Mahlangu