Mark Baldwin's glorious 'zulu ballet' is back – and it's even better than before

Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph 2015

Inala is a show that enchants as much as it impresses. The choreography, by Rambert Dance Company director Mark Baldwin, fizzes with originality, and seamlessly fuses western-contemporary and traditional-African tropes.

The dancing – by a scratch company of Rambert members and alumni – is never less than very good, and often superb. But it is perhaps the 20 specially written songs and wonderful, warm-as-toast singing – by celebrated South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo – that stay with you most. Those, and the intoxicating spirit of joy that radiates from the entire piece’s every pore.

This “zulu ballet”, which premiered last August at the Edinburgh International Festival, was conceived in 2009 by composer Ella Spira and Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman (otherwise known as the Sisters Grimm).

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