“Singing more than one part, telling more than one story, at the same time,
No voice surrenders its individual identity,
nor does anyone’s voice steal the show,
There is no front person, no soloist, no leader.”
Quote from Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
With massive energy and personal stories on stage, YEBO YES! is inspired by isiPantsula, freestyle and club culture. The piece invites the audience to feel the dancer’s individual expression on stage, unfiltered and raw, together with a strong presence of unity, support and heritage. The room gradually fills with progressive electronic music made by Yared Tilahun Cederlund from Sweden and vocalist Ntsika Fana Nxganga from South Africa. YEBO YES! is a work for five dancers by/with choreographers and artistic leaders Joanna Holewa Chrona and Theresa Gustavsson from Sweden, on stage with pantsula choreographer Sibusiso Mthembu and dancers Patricia Mofokeng and David Mokale from South Africa.
The idea behind the performance grew from an ongoing exchange between David, Patricia, Theresa, Sibusiso and Joanna throughout many years. The concept started with further digging into the connection between the different individual dancers, street dances and cultures. Later in the process, the interest grew in exploring the power of personal expression, in choreography and in a club environment. However, what really caught Joanna and Theresas’ interest in isiPantsula was the feeling of a synchronized mass that never seemed to stop amongst rhythms, characters, playfulness, footwork and drive. The meeting between the dancers, the cultures and the personalities gives the performance an honest expression and a raw image of what street-dance culture and personal expression can be.
The performance is realized in collaboration with Riksteatern and Botkyrka municipality. On tour with Dansnät Sverige during Spring 2023.
Riksteatern is located in Hallunda Torg, close to subway station Hallunda.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A on stage, and by an after party hosted by the Crazy Dancers Crew at Hallunda Folkets Hus!
Choreographers: Joanna Holewa Chrona and Theresa Gustavsson
IsiPantsula choreographer: Sibusiso Mthembu
Dancers: Sibusiso Mthembu, Patricia Mofokeng, David Mokale, Theresa Gustavsson, Joanna Holewa Chrona
Music: Yared Tilahun Cederlund
Vocals: Ntsika Fana Xganga
Costume: Victoria Denise Tcha
Light: Erik Wiedersheim-Paul
Trailer: Erik Linghede
Photo: Erik Linghede
Co-producer: Norrlandsoperan, Dansnät Sverige, Dansens Hus
With support from: Konstnärsnämnden, Vusi Art Project, Riksteatern, Kulturrådet