Zip Zap Circus is finally returning to the Dome stage after over a year without an in-person audience.
Now if you didn’t know, Zip Zap is no ordinary circus. Born 29 years ago from a simple dream, a trapeze bar in a tree, a costume box and a rusty car, the social change movement centred around the arts is now adorned with accolades, over 1357 beneficiaries, 190 audience members and 107 shows as well as 30 international tours. It was born out of love between the two co-founders Brent van Rensburg and his French wife Laurence Estéve alongside a desire to bridge socio-economic gaps to inspire and empower young South Africans and give them a chance at a better life whilst simultaneously showcasing their talents. In Zip Zap’s case, running away with the circus is the ticket to a better life in South Africa.
In fact, beneficiaries from the Zip Zap programmes have performed for presidents, princes, sporting stars and world leaders – becoming valued artists and technicians in the entertainment and film industries.
Of their comeback performance – Moya the Show – A narrative of the South African Spirit, Zip Zap expressed:
“Our professional troupe has been pushing the bounds of contemporary circus to transform the acrobatic art film then made last year into a stage production that will celebrate what makes us different, what makes us one and the resilience to express this in a unique and artistic interpretation.”
“In order to welcome back our audience in fine style, A maximum of 200 patrons will be seated in a lounge-style environment at the Zip Zap Dome with an open bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks plus canapés on arrival all-inclusive of the ticket price.
About Moya the Show
Zip Zap’s professional corps MOYA, presents a contemporary take on the heritage and culture of South Africa in a theatre show called MOYA, staying true to the award-winning film which was released in 2021. Stuck in the midst of lockdown Zip Zap’s first-ever acrobatic art film was born, a movie rooted in South African culture, seen through the eyes of our youth.
Staying true to the essence of Zip Zap, the professional troupe pushes creative boundaries and explores collective acrobatic work, African dance (including Gumboots and Pantsula), as well as traditional circus disciplines.
In a particularly moving extract of the show, the history of gumboot dancing, a traditional South African dance that was born in the gold mines at the height of the migrant labour system during Apartheid, is showcased. The dance is extremely physical and serves as a cathartic release, celebrating the body as an instrument. This piece is a strong demonstration of the communion that lies at the heart of gumboot dancing and what Zip Zap Circus ultimately stands for. It reflects the past, present and future of this multicultural cast & nation, which is observed through the beauty of art and movement to bring people together.
Expect a polished, thought-provoking voyage, masterly crafted to inspire contemplation, understand true storytelling through movement, and not only witness the journey but become part of it.
- Capacity: 200 patrons
- Style: lounge-style environment
- Where: Zip Zap Dome in the Artscape precinct
- When: February 24-26
- Time: 18:30pm
- Special features: Open bar, wine, beer and soft drinks plus canapés on arrival (all included in the ticket price)
- There is also a unique opportunity at the end of each show to mingle with the cast and creators and capture your memory in our photo booth.
- Tickets: Quicket
Picture: Zip Zap