Isango Ensemble

Isango Ensemble

Internationally Renowned South African Theatre Company that Reimagines Western Theatre Classics
Theatrical Productions

  • Manager: Tim Fox
    Management Territory: North America

“Spirited, wrenching, and often sublime… [The ensemble] is part of what makes the show so powerful… With their frank and flexible acting, they show how easily a person might slide from vulnerability to cruelty… A reminder of what a mighty force empathy in the theater can be.” —Alexis Soloski, The New York Times

"The Isango Ensemble, one of the world’s most unusual, interesting and important theater and opera companies…Isango's marvelous newly magical ‘The Magic Flute,’…is Isango's version alone. There is simply no opera and no Mozart like it…This most foreign ‘Magic Flute’ is also the most real. " —Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"Mozart meets the marimba in the Isango Ensemble’s production of ‘The Magic Flute,’ and the result is a joyful fusion of two cultures…The adaptation and direction by Isango cofounder Mark Dornford-May is delightfully witty and full of invention." —Patti Hartigan, The Boston Globe

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Following the Isango Ensemble’s critically acclaimed 2014-2015 US tour, Columbia Artists Management was pleased to present Isango Ensemble’s opera production uCarmen for their 2015-2016 US tour, a signature artistic triumph of the company based on the award-winning film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha. The Isango Ensemble also premiered a new production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream that included indigenous South African music and dance, woven into the text of the famous Shakespeare play.

Isango Ensemble is a South African theatre company that draws its artists from the townships surrounding Cape Town. Isango’s . . .

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    • Isango Ensemble Logo
      Isango Ensemble Logo
    • uCarmen
      uCarmen
    • uCarmen
      uCarmen
    • uCarmen - Photo Credit: John Haynes / ArenaPAL
      uCarmen - Photo Credit: John Haynes / ArenaPAL
    • uCarmen - Photo Credit: Elliott Franks / ArenaPAL
      uCarmen - Photo Credit: Elliott Franks / ArenaPAL
    • uCarmen
      uCarmen
    • A Midsummer Night
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer
    • A Midsummer Night
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer
    • A Midsummer Night
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer
    • A Midsummer Night
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer
    • A Midsummer Night
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer