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MOYA explores and celebrates heritage and culture in an acrobatic display that paints a picture before your eyes. Existing within the familiar comfort of a fruit market, where the merchant juggles his apples, through to the dark, windy streets of Cape Town where pedestrians bustle and tumble, and perhaps even a young woman flies away on the sheets of her washing line, the artists reveal themselves to the audience, telling their stories of escape, encounter, brotherhood and ubuntu. Reality bends and anything is possible. This uniquely South African production is set against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela’s Rainbow Nation: the manifestation of a dream that all of South Africa’s people, a nation of a 11 official languages and diverse cultures, can unite and cultivate a future of peaceful co-existence and harmony.
MOYA features a collective of nine young and dynamic performing artists that take you on a multi-coloured journey through the looking-glass of the Zip Zap Circus – a microcosm of South Africa. The show exudes the tangible African spirit of ‘vuma’ [passion], joy, and resilience stirring local rhythms and acrobatic flair. MOYA was originally an Acrobatic Art Film which has been transformed into a circus narrative production, directed by a collective of creatives.

MOYA is proudly sponsored by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, IFAS and TotalEnergies

PRODUCTION CREDITS

MOYA LIVE – ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Artistic direction:
Sabine van Rensburg
Brin Schoellkopf
Nikolas Pulka
Brent van Rensburg

Cast:
Jason Barnard
Phelelani Ndakrokra
Jacobus Claassen
Bridgette Berning
Vuyani Lottering
Uthmaan Benjamin
Luqmaan Benjamin
Lukhanyo Samson
Matthew Risk

Technical crew:
Lighting design and technician: Mosuli Ntshonga
Sound design: Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine van Rensburg and Nikolas Pulka
Sound technician and operator: Oliver Delpierre
Production Management, Internal logistics and communications: Brigette Chapman
Costume: Portia Kewana and Belinda Weeber
Make up: Regan Visagie and Viola Besemer
Spoken word lyrics: Jason Barnard
Set and props design: Brent van Rensburg and Mosuli Ntshonga
Rigging: Brent van Rensburg and Mosuli Ntshonga
Choreography: Silumko Ndulula, Brin Schoellkopf, Samuel Renaud, Sabine van Rensburg, Trio Wise Fools, Adele Blank
Financial manager: Laurence Estève
Zip Zap Operations Manager and Front of House: Melanie Boltman
Zip Zap Programmes Manager and Front of House: Vanessa Curnow-Fortune
Zip Zap Marketing Manager: Collette van Aswegen
Social media, photography, and videography: Amy Wood
Graphic Design: Anele Mthalane and Amy Wood

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Artistic and Director:
Brent van Rensburg
Brent is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Zip Zap. He brings over 40 years of experience and passion for the circus having trained thousands of young performers from all walks of life. He is an accomplished rigger and stuntman. Brent has performed in Italy, Holland, Denmark, Norway, France, Monte Carlo, and the USA. After an accident he started as an acrobatic instructor for the Ringling Brothers Clown College in Florida. Following that he ran circus workshops for Club Med Holiday Resorts. There he met his future wife, Laurence Estève and in 1992 they returned to South Africa and started Zip Zap. Together they have trained, choreographed, and directed all the Zip Zap shows.

Artistic and Creative Director:
Sabine Van Rensburg
is a Montreal-based circus artist. Born into a family of artists (daughter of Brent and Laurence who founded Zip Zap in 1992), she followed in their footsteps. She graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2018 and performed and toured with the contemporary circus company Les 7 Doigts de La Main (The 7 Fingers). Recently she founded an acrobatic movement collective called People Watching. Her venture with Zip Zap Circus, in 2021 was a volunteer-based project where she co-directed a 50min acrobatic art film called MOYA, with artists from Zip Zap Circus.

Acrobatic Coach and Creative Director:
Brin Schoellkopf
is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Montreal, Canada. He specialized in tight wire and acrobatic/dance when attending the National Circus School of Montreal. After graduating in 2018, Brin went on to tour with Canadian company, Les 7 doigts de la main (The 7 Fingers) in their newest show Passagers. Since the pandemic, he formed a performance collective titled People Watching, alongside artists Jeremi Levesque, Natasha Patterson, and Zip Zap’s Sabine Van Rensburg, focussing on the development of acrobatic research and dance.

Acrobatic Coach and Creative Director:
Nikolas Pulka
is a French acrobat specializing in Straps. He grew up in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in French Guiana and spent most of his time running wild in the forest and climbing trees. His path to a life as a circus artist started with a formation at Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque in Rosny-sous-bois in Paris and continued at the National Circus School of Montreal. After graduating, Niko spent most of his career working with Canadian companies, performing in special events with Cirque du Soleil, and touring internationally with Cirque Éloize and Cirque Alfonse. Nikolas has progressed as an acrobat, artist, coach, and director becoming a multidisciplinary circus artist known for his expressiveness and positive energy.

Performer:
Phelelani (Ree) Ndakrokra
Known as ‘Ree’, was born in Cape Town and joined Zip Zap in 2010. He is a natural performer and subsequently his career in circus exploded at a spectacular pace. Ree has remarkable physicality, blended artfully with intense creative expression, captivating audiences. His first international tour was to the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in 2012. He has since performed as one of the leads in all national productions, most notably the Match in Africa #6, hosted by the Roger Federer Foundation. He is an international award-winning performer, having won Best Performer at the International Circus Awards in 2021 for his performance in MOYA | An Acrobatic Art Film. Ree is a powerful, passionate, and dazzling character that radiates to his audience. He is a multi-talented acrobat and dancer, with his specialties being Cyr Wheel and Straps.

Performer:
Vuyani Lottering
Born and living in Nyanga, Cape Town, Vuyani has been a part of the Zip Zap circus family since 2015. He started in Zip Zap’s Intermediate programme and today he is a polished, dedicated, and talented performer. Vuyani first toured with Zip Zap to Johannesburg in 2019 for Journey Beyond, a Symphonic Circus collaboration with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He now instructs and motivates younger students, while continuing to develop himself as a performer.
His specialities are Porter (Toss and Traps), Handstands, Acrobatics with a focus on Ball Juggling.

Performer:
Jacobus (Trompie) Claassen
Affectionately known as ‘Trompie’, was introduced to Zip Zap in 2009. Jacobus found his passion for dance, acting and circus as a medium to express himself. This foundation prepared him to expand his repertoire to become the resident acrobatic clown at Zip Zap. Jacobus has flourished as a performer and excelled at circus disciplines unicycle, juggling and tumbling. He has performed around the world and was also the main character in a Canadian documentary First Man for 5 months. He is a Flyer, a Bounce Juggler, A Cyr Wheeler and Acrobat with a focus on Hand-to-Hand and Risley. His sense of fun, comedy and his quirky character makes him an endearing audience favourite.

Performer:
Matthew Risk
Matthew was born in Cape Town South Africa, from a European father, and South African mother. Having a love for music, he is also a music producer and often makes instrumental tracks for musicians to rap/sing over. After having been a part of Zip Zap Circus since 2012, Matthew graduated from school in 2020, and decided to join Zip Zap full time as a Dare 2 Dream Student, who was then seconded to MOYA as a performer. His speciality is Unicycle, with a second interest in Acrobatics and Porter (Toss and Tarps).

Performer:
Jason Barnard
A multi-disciplinary circus performer with a compelling stage presence, Jason started at Zip Zap when he was just 8 years old, for an initial 4 years. After moving to the United Kingdom, he returned when he was 19. He is one of South Africa’s premier jugglers performing the only gravity juggling act in the country. Jason is super talented, was a top achiever in the vocational circus programme and the recipient of awards acknowledging his versatile achievements. He has performed across the globe and currently also teaches and motivates the younger generation of Zip Zappers. His circus skills range from Porter (Hand to Hand, 3 Highs and Banquine) to Acrobat, Rapper and Bounce Juggler.

Performer:
Bridgette Berning
A South African circus artist, Bridgette first discovered circus through a primary school teacher by the name of Lionel Chanarin, who started a social circus called Sisonke. After finishing high school, she joined Zip Zap’s vocational Dare 2 Dream program, hoping to accomplish her dream of traveling and performing around the world. She is now a part of Zip Zap performance group MOYA and her speciality is Silks, Flyer and Contortion.

Performer:
Uthmaan Benjamin
Uthmaan is an original Capetonian and while he was raised with challenging conditions at home, he always puts happiness and a smile at the centre of everything that he does. He has spent many years of his life experimenting with various art forms including dance, music and tricking but has found that his passion is Acrobatics. He has worked in various jobs but always seems to find his way back to spending time on a training floor, releasing endorphins and emotions through his art forms. He lives by the motto ‘you never work a day in your life if you do what you love’ and has since discovered Zip Zap through his twin brother. His speciality is Acrobatics, Dancing and Porter (Toss, Traps and Pyramids).

Performer:
Luqmaan Benjamin
Luqmaan, born and bred in Cape Town, had big dreams to become a football player but lost interest when he discovered acrobatics and tricking at the age of 17. He spends endless hours every day training and focusing on improving himself as a multi-skilled physical creative. In 2020, he discovered Zip Zap Circus while they were performing and shortly after, joined the Dare 2 Dream vocational training programme with little to no experience of circus, but a lot of energy to learn. MOYA is his first show, and applies his skills to being a Dancer, an Acrobat and a Porter (Toss, Tarps and Pyramids).

Performer:
Lukhanyo Samson
Lukhanyo Samson was born and raised in Khayelitsha, a township in South Africa. While growing up, he was unsure of the path that he was going to take but witnessed his father working extremely hard, and followed in his footsteps. In 2017, Lukhanyo finished school and spent 2 years working in warehouses. In 2019, Lukhanyo discovered Zip Zap Circus and auditioned for the Dare 2 Dream vocational training programme and is now a part of the MOYA performers troupe. He is a Flyer, Acrobat and Dancer.

  • Venue: Live Stream
  • City: NAF Online
  • Location: nationalartsfestival.co.za
  • Genre: Family  /  Theatre
  • Duration: 70mins
Live Stream
June 26, 2022   18:00 - 19:10