The Ecstatic

Pantsula, a historically significant South African subculture, is expressed not only as a powerful dance form known for its high-speed virtuosic footwork, but is also evident through the dress code, language, music, and a particular philosophy of life that is all its own. It’s an expression that during Apartheid gave a voice to a whole generation.

Praise Break, a mode of praise. A moment… a pause… a break in the context of the Christian Pentecostal Church service, where the dancing body, voice and music energetically coalesce and as a result blur the difference between ecstatic and cathartic.

What happens when the aesthetics of these two worlds converge? What happens in this transcendental moment of “break”. Within the dance piece, ‘The Ecstatic’, six Pantsula dancers turn to the motions that lead up to the praise break in order to find out, and “break open” a new space that is all their own.

The presentation of this work is made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia, The Swiss Arts Council

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration (minutes): 50mins
  • Release Date: July 15, 2021 00:01 - July 17, 2021 23:59



Concept/Choreography: Jeremy Nedd & Impilo Mapantsula
Performance/Choreography: Kgotsofalang Moshe Mavundla, Tommy Tee Motsapi, Bonakele Mambotjie Masethi, Sicelo Malume ka Xaba, Sello Zilo Midiga, Vusi 2.2 Mdoyi
Technic and light: Thomas Giger
Stage: Laura Knüsel
Music/Composition: Xzavier Stone & Modulaw
Audiodesign: Fabrizio Di Salvo
Head of production Switzerland: Ursula Haas
Head of production South Africa: Daniela Goeller
Dramaturgy: Anta Helena Recke
Production assistance: Kihako Narisawa, Lucas Del Rio Estevez
Outside Eye: Deborah Joyce Holman, Maximilian Hanisch
Co-production: Kaserne Basel, Arsenic Lausanne, Theater Tuchlaube Aarau
Supported by: Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Südkulturfonds, Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung, Schweizer Interpretenstiftung, Wilhelm und Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung

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Jeremy Nedd
Jeremy Nedd is a Brooklyn born, Basel based choreographer and performer. His work focuses on the processes of dissecting, demystifying and re-contextualizing content in order to confront definitions of validity and contemporaneity.

Nedd has choreographed and presented his own productions at spaces such as ROXY Birsfelden, Tanzhaus Zürich, Arsenic, Münchner Kammerspiele and Palais de Tokyo amongst others. Nedd is a 2017 PREMIO Finalist (Nachwuchspreis für Theater und Tanz Schweiz), the 2017 recipient of the Atelier Mondial Stipendium to South Africa. Most recently Nedd completed a Master in Expanded Theater at Hochschule der Künste Bern, and was a part of Performancepreis Schweiz 2018.

Impilo Mapantsula
Impilo Mapantsula is a global network of high-level professional dance artists who specialise in pantsula, a South African urban dance form. They are a professional organization that promotes the development of pantsula dance and culture, creates formal standards, and acts as an industry representative. The organisation aims to document and protect the living legacy of pantsula and support dancers in professionalising and further developing their art.

Impilo Mapantsula creates learning opportunities and supports artistic creation and self-expression through educational, artistic and professional programmes, with an emphasis on job creation, international collaborations and exchange programmes.