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African Footprint celebrates 10th birthday at home!

May 25, 2010

African Footprint, Richard Loring’s fabulous and well-travelled production, returns to South Africa for a spectacular 10th anniversary run at Emperors Palace.

The production is internationally-acclaimed, and is also South Africa’s longest-running show. The production is filled with song and dance that tells the vibrant story of South Africa through a display of the country’s dance forms, including traditional African, Kwela, Contemporary Ballet, Tap, Gumboot and Hip-Hop Pantsula.

The first performance of the show was held 10 years ago on Robben Island on 31 December 1999, with the public show debuting in May 2000. This first performance was viewed by a global audience of millions and included guests of honour Nelson Mandela and then-President Thabo Mbeki.

The production has since been seen by such high-profile guests as Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh, Louis Gossett and Danny Glover.

The production has also played over 3 800 perfprmances, and its cast has grown from the original 12 dancers and four drummers to a company of 34.

According to Richard Loring, about 200 South African performers have been thrust into the itnernatonal spotlight as the production travelled the world. International media are certain to attend the preview of “African Footprint” in its home country, and he adds, “We’re thrilled to showcase African Footprint for them in front of a South African audience. They’ll also have time to get around and see the changes in our country. That’s the message that African Footprint celebrates whenever the curtain goes up, wherever we perform”.

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