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Great Review of Xolisile's from Sue Robinson
Mar 10th, 2011

Dodgy Clutch set off for the International Village of Culture

Newcastle-based Dodgy Clutch, in partnership with South African company, Uhpondo lwe Afrika have set off on their 38 date rural tour of England. With their first three nights taking place in Lancashire, we've found audiences of all ages delighted by the energy, exuberance and power of the company of five, as they perform Xolisile's Song.

‘Xolisile’s Song’ consists of four simple stories connected through a swallow; the messenger of hope. It tells the lives of four different people in an uplifting tale of innocence and reconciliation.

Performing in English and Xhosa, the show combines South African performing traditions in dance, theatre and music, with Northumbrian folk song, ballet and a little bit of cajun thrown in. Audiences have described the show as uplifting, vibrant, powerful, excellent, and energising. It suites all ages, our youngest captivated viewer being 18 months old.

The tour is part of an International Collaborative Commission project led by the Northern Rural Touring Consortium and is a legacy of the International Village of Culture festival March 2009. It is made possible by Arts Council Grants for the Arts and the National Rural Touring Forum.

For documentary images of this tour, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spotonlancashire/ and select "Dodgy Clutch Spring 2011"

For further feedback please contact Sue Robinson, Project Coordinator, details below
For info about the Village of Culture please visit www.nrtf.org.uk/ivoc
To feedback and add images, please visit our facebook page: facebook.com/ivoctours

If you missed the Lancashire dates- They're back on 20th March!

More info about the show:

A rich feast of music dance, puppetry, storytelling and drama, Dodgy Clutch, in collaboration with S.A artists, are touring their new show ‘Xolisile’s Song’. (Cholli-zeeee-lay with a click on the ch!)

This is the second collaboration with South African artists from Director Ozzie Riley whose first show ‘Elephant’ toured extensively internationally and was praised widely in the uk south Africa and New York’s Broadway.

‘Xolosile’s song’ hosts a talented cast of performers, singers, dancers and musicians from South Africa and the UK. Zamaxolo Mgaduka is the founder of Uhpondo lwe Afrika He won the Eastern Cape’s Cultural Citizen award for his work in traditional African Dance. Nhlanhla Mahlangu is a talented singer and contemporary dancer who trained with Moving into Dance in Johannesburg, He performed a solo piece for the president of the united states at the Washington centre with Hugh Masakala. Amber zamani-esskeli is a recent graduate from the northern school of contemporary dance and Gavin Lewerey Cajun musician pyrotechnician and blacksmith brings his many talents to this perormance. Director Ozzie Riley and choreographer Vivian Woods have produced this moving, visual experience that engages all ages and intellects.

‘Xolisile’s Song’ consists of four simple stories connected through a swallow; the messenger of hope. It tells the lives of four different people in an uplifting tale of innocence and reconciliation.
Sue Robinson

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