The Magic Flute

Impempe Yomlingo

September 25

September 28, 2014

at Skyline Stage (right next door to CST)

adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May
words and music by Mandisi Dyantyis,
Mbali Kgosidintsi, Pauline Malefane,
Nolufefe Mtshabe

A sense of celebration, and resilience, that seems to encapsulate the human spirit at its best.

The Telegraph (UK)

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The Play

South Africa's Isango Ensemble has mesmerized audiences worldwide, unearthing fresh, new context from Western classics. This acclaimed production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. With a score faithfully transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and percussion, thirty actors and musicians fill the stage with sheer exuberance, celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa. London's The Times declared it "leaves you with a rare sense of life-enhancing joy."



Video: Preview of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)”

Gallery: The Magic Flute

Audio: Excerpt: Queen of the Night Aria


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