As part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, a major season of South African work will be presented at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.
The season of work which celebrates the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa opens with the world premiere of a new ballet “Inala”. Composer Ella Spira has collaborated with Ladysmith Black Mambazo which performs live creating the soundscape for dancers from Rambert and The Royal Ballet choreographed by Mark Baldwin.
South African artist Brett Bailey brings to Edinburgh his provocative and widely acclaimed live installation “Exhibit B” which will be staged in the grand setting of the Playfair Library Hall.
Handspring Puppet Company is remounting the work which made its name internationally, based on the text by Alfred Jarry and the transcriptions of the South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, “Ubu and the Truth Commission”. The Festival is part of an international co-producing partnership bringing this seminal work back to the stage.
The South African season is also supported by City of Edinburgh Council and the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa.
Tickets for Edinburgh International Festival 2014 go on sale to the public on Saturday 29 March.