The Boat

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All ages

Language: English
Director: Themba Mbuli and Billy Langa
Written By: Billy Langa
Choreographer: Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke
Music Composed By: Xolisile Bongwana
Featured Artists: Themba Mbuli, Fana Tshabalala, Thulani Chauke, Billy Langa and Xolisile Bongwana
Company: Broken Borders Arts Project

THE BOAT is a new collaborative piece led by choreographer and dancer Themba Mbuli. It is inspired by the African migrants who have crossed – and are still crossing – the seas from Africa to Europe in search of ‘a better life’.

Guided by true African stories, the work remembers the human cost and what has been lost – the heritage, culture, humanity and wealth of African people – while celebrating the light that still remains in Africa. By focusing on the sense of belonging – in our own skin, in our own land and in our own communities – it brings up issues of mental and spiritual indoctrination, colonialism, borders, power and domination as well as sociopolitical interaction and culture. Written by Billy Langa (Tswalo), the stories are embodied through dance, with live music by Xolisile Bongwana.

Themba Mbuli was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance in 2016. Mbuli is an associate project manager and a co-founder of Broken Borders Arts Project, together with Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke.

A facilitated post-performance discussion will take place with director and cast immediately after the performance on 2 July at 20:00




  1. eugenemalan 1 July 2019 at 5:10 pm


  2. eugenemalan 2 July 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Thought provoking with excellent dancing and music. Thanks.

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