The production has played more than 3 800 performances since its debut at Gold Reef City’s Globe Theatre in May 2000. Nicknamed ‘The People’s Musical’ by reviewers in North America, Europe and the Far East, its cast has grown from the original 12 dancers and four drummers to a company of 34 today.

The non-stop, 90-minute musical story of Africa’s emergence onto the world stage is linked by the poetry of Sophiatown legend Don Mattera. Executive producer Richard Loring estimates the long-running hit has put more than approximately 200 South African performers into the international spotlight on the its way to travel the world.

“Featuring in the Royal Variety Show in December 2000 with to a TV viewership measured in tens of millions made us a global attraction overnight - just a few months after we opened in Gold Reef City.

African Footprint’s reputation has continued to grow worldwide through our constant touring and highly acclaimed performances. We’re bigger and better than ever, and ready now to put South Africa on the world musical stages”.

More than 30 journalists from Mexico and France attended African Footprint’s opening night at the new Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, representing national magazines and broadcast media.

The show recently completed a highly successful tour or Mexico, America, France and Lebanon. Loring regards the visit of the international media to preview African Footprint in its home country as a significant opportunity. “We’re thrilled to showcase African Footprint for them in front of a South African audience,” he says. “They’ll also have time to get around and see the changes in our country. That’s the

 

 

African Footprint French Tour 2010

  Mars
Sam 6
Niort - CAC (2 show)
Dim 7
Toulouse - casino Barrière (2 shows)
Mardi 9
casino de PARIS
Mer 10
casino de PARIS
Jeu 11
casino de PARIS
Ven 12
casino de PARIS
Sam 13
casino de PARIS (2 show)
Dim 14
casino de PARIS (2 show)
Mardi 16
Aix Les Bains (centre des congrès)
Mer 17
Geneve (CH) (casino)
Jeu 18
St Claude (centre culturel)
Ven 19
Limoges (Zénith)
Dim 21
Lille - Casino Barrière (2 shows)
Ven 26
Pau - zenith
Sam 27
Montpellier - zénith
Dim 28
Bordeaux - Casino Barrière (2 shows)
Lun 29
Biarritz - gare du midi
Mardi 30
Nantes - cités des congrès
   
  Avril
Jeu 1
Lyon - La Bourse du travail
Ven 2
Dijon - Zénith
Sam 3
Marseille - Le dôme
Mardi 6
casino de PARIS
Mer 7
casino de PARIS
Jeu 8
casino de PARIS
Ven 9
casino de PARIS
Sam 10
casino de PARIS (2 show)
Dim 11
casino de PARIS (2 show)
   
 

message that African Footprint celebrates whenever the curtain goes up, wherever we perform.”

“Theatre producers are a collective, working together to build a future for our talent and our audiences,” says Loring. “Alfred Phakathi is a good example of this. He joined African Footprint at 18, living in a shack in Mamelodi, outside Pretoria, with his grandmother. After some 3 400 performances with us and becoming our touring stage director he joined a show in Europe where he was  appointed dance director after 6 months and led 189 dancers in that production to rave reviews across Europe.

“Today, Alfred is back with us in African Footprint. He’s married and owns his own home; he travels the world and speaks many languages including German, and he is a fine example of the future of dance-musical theatre in South Africa

African Footprint trains its company to compete with the best, which demands the same discipline and professionalism that drive winning teams in soccer and cricket and rugby. “I began my career in major West End hits like A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Sound Of Music, and Student Prince,” he says. “I look for the same passion and hunger to be the best when I cast talent today.”

Richard Loring says a successful theatre company is a close family.  “We celebrate the good times together and draw close for support with every new challenge.

Both choreographers behind African Footprint’s genesis in 2000, Debbie Rakusin and David Matamela, were recently judges for SABC1’s version of the hit American reality series “So You Think You Can Dance”. 

“David and I have believed since 2000 that African Footprint had the potential to become a massive international success,” says Debbie. “I travel often to Europe and the States, and today I rate it as good as benchmark hits like The Lion King and Chorus Line. It proves that our own talent is world class, and that unknowns competing in So You Think You Can Dance can aspire to reach the top in our stage musicals.”

Please direct press enquiries to:
Debbie Batzofin
+27-83-251-2205
afproduction@mweb.co.za

 

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