African Footprint

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Produced and directed by Richard Loring (Producer/Director), with Debbie Batzofin(Associate Producer/Production Director); choreography Debbie Rakusin and David Matamela; Music and lyrics Dave Pollecutt; Poetry Don Mattera; set design Anthony Farmer; costume design Lindy Ann Joubert (Lindy Grindlay); lighting design Denis Hutchinson and Declan Randall; studio production Ron Brettell.

South Africa’s longest-running musical,**** A song-and-dance musical that fuses Kwela-jive, traditional gumboot, tap, contemporary ballet and hip-hop pantsula to tell the story of the people of Africa.

The show had its inaugural performance before Nelson Mandela and other international dignitaries on Robben Island on Millenium Eve on 31 December 1999, and thereafter had a World Premiere on the 11th May 2000. By 2012 it had seen some 4000 performances across the globe, including countries such as the USA, Canada, China, Australia, India, Monte Carlo, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Morocco, Ghana, Israel, Mexico, Lebanon and France.

Among the many accolades received by African Footprint are: In 2000: Vita Award for Best Ensemble-Best Musical Production-Best Lighting and a Royal Variety Performance for HRH Prince Charles; in 2005 a Naledi Award for Best Choreography and one for Best Lighting; in 2006 a South African Tourism Award and a performance for HRH Duke of Edinburgh World Foundation at St James Palace; in 2008 Paris Match Certificate of Excellence and Professionalism and in 2009 a performance at the Presidential Inauguration.


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