© Chris Saunders
© Philip Frowein
© Philip Frowein
© Philip Frowein
© Philip Frowein


The Ecstatic

  • 70'
  • F Hearing-impaired spectators welcome
  • G Hearing loops
  • H Représentation Relax
  • C Young audience welcome (8+)
  • A Little or no text

Concept et chorégraphie: Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula. Performance et chorégraphie: Kgotsofalang Moshe Mavundla, Tommy Tee Motsapi, Bonakele Mambotjie Masethi, Sicelo Malume ka Xaba, Sello Zilo Midiga, Vusi 2.2 Mdoyi. Technique et lumière: Thomas Giger. Scénographie: Laura Knüsel. Compostion musciale: Xavier Stone & Modulaw. Design audio: Fabrizio Di Salvo. Responsable de production en Suisse: Ursula Haas. Responsable de production en Afrique du Sud: Daniela Goeller. Dramaturgie: Anta Helena Recke.
Assistants de production: Kihako Narisawa, Lucas Del Rio Estevez. Regard extérieur: Deborah Holman, Maximilian Hanisch. Coproduction: Kaserne Basel, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne. Soutiens: Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Südkulturfonds, Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture, Pour-cent culturel Migros, Fondation Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Stanley Thomas Johnson, Jacqueline Spengler-Stiftung, Société suisse des auteurs (SSA), Wilhelm und Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung.

How can Pantsula – a South African dance and subculture of historical importance, an energetically expressive gestural language from Johannesburg, known for its complex rhythms and its high-speed virtuoso footwork – express an encounter with Praise Break, the culminating and cathartic point of the Afro-American Pentecostal Church service, where dancing bodies, voice and music energetically come together? What happens when the aesthetics of these two worlds converge? In The Ecstatic, six Pantsula dancers invest the movements which lead to the Praise Break in order to transcend an ecstatic truth based on fabrication, imagination and stylisation, in order to discover a new space that is entirely their own.

The Relax performances offer a more adequate experience for persons with disabilities, or who wish to access the performances in more flexible conditions. In concrete terms, this means that the artists perform as usual, but some technical adjustments can be made if necessary (reduced special effects or lowered sound effects) and the audience welcome is much more flexible (house lights on, possibility to enter/leave and express oneself at will…)