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10+ (NFC)

Language: Non-verbal
Choreographer: Hannah Ma
Music Performed By: Sebastian Purfürst
Company: hannahmadance/ The People United

Set / Costumes: Hannah Ma
Music: Sebastian Purfürst
Costumes( Straw Elements): Ele Bleffert
Assistance: Christin Braband
Cast: Christin Braband, Sergio Mel, Saeed Hani, Valentina Zappa, Ileana Orofino

The audience [will] experience dancers in top form and a choreographer who lives up to her reputation as an ambitious and innovative artist.’ – Katrin Schug, Luxemburger Wort, Luxemburg

Wanderer is a contemporary dance theatre work about the search for traces of home and the longing for rituals that transcend cultural boundaries.

Here, the artists, accompanied by a live musician, set out in search of common roots, portraying the balance between tenderness and brutality in a migratory world. They question dance as a social ritual that is increasingly being forgotten.

The piece culminates as the dancers, wrapped in primitive straw costumes and wearing animal horns from ancient Alpine Bavarian rites, unite into a mythical, archaic being that seems to emerge from the legendary world of dark winter nights.

The dance creates a space where the members of a multicultural group are able to express their individual artistic characters, while discovering a common form that works beyond language barriers. The dance company creates, on a small scale, a world community far from political realities.

Hannah Ma is a German-Chinese choreographer whose company The People United comprises dancers from around the world. This is her second appearance at the National Arts Festival.

A facilitated post-performance discussion will take place with director and cast immediately after the performance on 5 July at 20:00



  1. lourens.marleen 4 July 2019 at 9:09 am

    unbelievable show! must see!

  2. lourens.marleen 4 July 2019 at 10:22 am

    loved this show

  3. lourens.marleen 4 July 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Will watch it again!

  4. adri.baard 4 July 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Mindless zombies dancing around in the dark for an hour. Not child friendly. This could be significantly improved if it employed some of the plot elements that Rob van Vuuren uses.

  5. danbailey 5 July 2019 at 8:17 am

    Seems to be a must watch show… Right?

  6. vgservices 5 July 2019 at 8:32 am

    An interesting show with colour added by ethereal dreamscape Floydian music. Some form of narrative device would have been useful to guide the viewer through the underworld and punctuate the numerous ceremonies and pairings.

  7. ken-9930 6 July 2019 at 7:07 am

    Dancers great but the show was too long

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