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AFRICAN FOOTPRINT (article first published : 2004-11-6)

People travelling on the N2 north of the Umhlanga interchange in KZN have been wondering about the mysterious giant footprint which has appeared in the sugarcane just below the new Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom. Far from being aliens crop-bending – the footprint is part of the publicity campaign for African Footprint, the internationally acclaimed musical which opens the new 620 seat iZulu Theatre at Sibaya in the first week of December.

‘We wanted to create a different kind of hype around the opening of Footprint,” explains Tristan Kaatze, GM of Sibaya, “This was simply a fun way to capture the attention of people heading north of Durban and judging by the buzz around town, the footprint has caused quite a stir.”

“Richard Loring’s African Footprint is a highly vibrant showcase of pulsating music, song and dance which is performed with energy, enthusiasm, precision and passion by a vibey young cast. It prompts audiences from all backgrounds and cultures to jump to their feet in applause and they leave the theatre feeling optimistic and recharged.” says Kaatze.

African Footprint expresses the pride, passion, excitement, laughter and dreams of the people of the new South Africa. The hypnotic heartbeat of the African drum, the soulful saxophone and the haunting pennywhistle, meld Afro- and Euro-centric music and dance – Kwela-jive, traditional gumboot, tap, contemporary ballet, hip-hop pantsula – into an “explosive stampede of song and dance” that tells the vibrant and diverse history of South Africa.

This musical has already enjoyed over 1400 “sold out” performances in South Africa, making it South Africa’s longest running musical. The production has also performed to audiences in the UK, USA, China, India and Australia. African Footprint is the first theatre production to be granted "Proudly South African" status.

The iZulu Theatre is currently under construction at Sibaya and on completion will seat 620 people in probably what is one of the world’s largest thatched amphitheatre-styled auditoria.

Complementing the theatre experience are a range of restaurants and bars within the complex as well as the Krakatoa Show Bar a triple volume action bar featuring high energy dance, music and comedy acts.

Group booking discounts are available, and there are a number of shows which have been earmarked as fundraisers for charities and organizations. For more info about fundraising contact 031 201 1650.

Further information about the show or bookings on 031 580 5555 (office hours).




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