Where did you come from? Where are you heading? Where is Home?
Soweto, late 80s. A young man struggles against the security forces, confronts tribal tensions and deals with the death of his own mother. He falls in love with a girl from the wrong neighbourhood and together they decide to run away from home and everything they have ever known...
A new twist on a 1000 year old fable, presenting high energy music and dance from South Africa, mixed with contemporary and urban culture from the UK and USA. In essence, Where Is Home? is the story of a migrant who flees from a war zone and makes good in the world. It is a reflection on ideas of home and diaspora, and embraces themes common to all cultures.
Where Is Home? will tour the UK in Spring 2017 (for full tour schedule please go to Calendar) and will showcase at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 on 21st-26th August (at 18.35pm each day), at ZOO Venues, The Sanctuary.
Choreography is by Michael Joseph, Dumisani Ngubane and Bafana Solomon Matea. The score is by Steve Marshall and includes a collaboration with South African Grammy winner, Wouter Kellerman. Costumes are by Natacha Lacosse of Acossi Jeans New York. The process of creation took two years with R&D in London, Johannesburg and Los Angeles. Over 300 dancers from all over Europe and Southern Africa applied to audition for Where Is Home? and the production continues to be a vital platform for numerous artists, including choreographers, dancers, musicians, designers and filmmakers. Alongside the performances, State of Emergency offers an educational/outreach package examining, through music and movement, themes of displacement, migration, identity and belonging .
"A breath of fresh air. Good to see a company who are not the usual suspects performing at Edinburgh Fringe." James Mackenzie, Artistic Director, ZOO Venues
“Fantastic! A wonderful mix of African and contemporary Western dance. I loved the energy and commitment of the company.” Brenda Smith (White British Female 60-69)
“Life affirming. Light and dark. Fabulously talented. State of Emergency always produce quality shows - so high.” Edson Burton (Black Caribbean Male 40-49)
“Excellent and hardworking crew. Impressive performance. You all have a bigger and brighter future. Good luck for more upcoming shows.” Shubham Vitkar (Asian/Indian Male 16-19)
"A beautiful tale combining tradition with modern; a story of love, identity, internal and social conflict. Beautifully amalgamated colour, dance, music and history." Nela Klomfarova (White European Female 20-29)
"It was amazing! I loved it so much. Being from Zimbabwe I was able to relate to the music and storyline. I really enjoyed it. Hell yes!" Charmaine Zinyemba (Black African Female 16-19)
Where Is Home? is supported by Arts Council England, Acossi Jeans New York, Dance In Devon, Dartington Arts Trust, Leicester City Council, Awards For All (Big Lottery Fund).