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REED DANCE (article first published : 2006-04-9)

Dating back to ancestral times The Reed Dance is a Zulu tradition undertaken by virgin maidens who gather reeds for the Royal monarch symbolizing their purity. Although this dance, which encompasses a variety of well-choreographed routines passed from generation to generation is well-known throughout the Zulu nation, it is unknown to other nations.

The Durban-based Mdubane Arts Company have decided to rectify the matter and have created a production complete with English explanation. Not only does it explain the reed dance itself but also the contentious issue of virginity testing (“ukhlolwa” in Zulu).

Matinee performances of Umhlanga – The Reed Dance will be performed at the Dockyard Theatre at the Point Waterfront over the Easter ‘Weekend from April 15 to 17 at 14h00. This is a perfect opportunity for both locals and visitors to Durban to gain insight into Zulu tradition.

Tickets R80pp. An a-la-carte menu will be available as well as a cash bar. Further information or bookings via Karen or Melissa at The Dockyard on 031 332 1086.




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