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Afrovibes - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell

Afrovibes - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell


  • DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 14 October, 7.30pm
  • AGE GROUP: 14+
  • TICKETS: £12
  • PROMOTIONS Ten x £1 Tickets
  • Nelisiwe Xaba and Broken Borders Arts Project presents

    Afrovibes - Uncles & Angels/Dark Cell

    Dance Double Bill

    Nelisiwe Xaba presents

    Uncles & Angels


    With breathtaking use of interactive dance and video this piece shows us the South African Reed Dance – a colourful traditional celebration, originally intended to promote respect for young women and preserve the custom of girls remaining virgins until marriage. It’s a compelling examination of the manipulation of cultural heritage by those in power.

    'Nelisiwe Xaba grabs your first embarrassed laugh and freezes it on your face in this brilliant study on virginity'  -


    Choreographed and performed by Nelisiwe Xaba
    Interactive video projection & sound by Mocke J van Veuren


    Have a look at the trailer here:



    Broken Borders Arts Project presents

    Dark Cell


    Drawing inspiration from the treatment of political prisoners on South Africa’s notorious Robben Island, this award-winning dance work uses the concept of a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment: “Prison is designed to break one’s spirit and destroy one’s resolve…all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are.” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom  

    'Dark Cell is a raw and gritty expression of how mental oppression greatly influences one's physical and emotional wellbeing. Fantastically choreographed and provocative in expression...' -  HIFA Lutin.


    Concept by Kent Ekberg
    Choreography / design by Themba Mbuli
    Music composed by Phil Thurston

    Performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in July 2014


    Have a look at the trailer here:


    Please note:

    Age Guidance: 14+ References the female genitalia and contains minimal male nudity.

    We are unable to admit latecomers to this event.



    Afrovibes Festival


    Afrovibes Festival, bringing some of the very best of South African arts to the UK and the Netherlands, makes a welcome return to the UK and the Albany this autumn.


    In 2014, the festival's biggest-ever programme celebrates 20 years of South African freedom: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy. The creativity of award-winning artists brings us music, drama, dance, photography and film, reflecting upon what it is to be part of 21st century South Africa. By turns it'll be thought-provoking, energetic, sad, fascinating, wonderful. With free events, family workshops and themed food served in the atmospheric Township Cafe, drop by, hang out and belong - you'll believe that you really are thousands of miles from home!



    £1 TICKET OFFER: Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Ticket buyers will be able to buy two tickets per performance for up to three shows in the season.



    If booking online, in order to receive the discount on the tickets, you must have a profile set up with the Albany and be logged in. The discount on your purchase will ONLY be shown if you are logged in as you click through to check out. We are updating the website regularly with availability of £1 Tickets. 


    *Capacity dependent. Excludes culinary events. Subject to availability.