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Jeremy Nedd + Impilo Mapantsula:
The Ecstatic

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Jeremy Nedd + Impilo Mapantsula:
The Ecstatic
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Pantsula Tanz-Workshop WITH Impilo Mapantsula
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Pantsula is a South African subculture that emerged during Apartheid in the townships of Johannesburg. It is still characterized by its own codes in fashion and language, its philosophy of life, social commentary, musical style and last but not least the powerful and energetic dance, known for its extremely high-speed virtuosic footwork. In The Ecstatic, this historically significant dance style meets the Praise Break from the context of the African-American Pentecostal church: an ecstatic dance tradition, a mode of praise, an interruption of the prayer in Christian Pentecostal service, where fast gospel music, shouts and the dancing body coalesce to truly cathartic moments.

From the fusion of these two worlds and aesthetics, Jeremy Nedd and the six dancers of Impilo Mapantsula develop a precise, energetic study of movement about states of ecstasy. They find a new space for community in the transcendental moment of “break”.

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If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. 


  • 70 minutes


  • The following spoken languages are used: seSotho, seTswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu, English.
  • However, no language knowledge is required.


  • The lighting situation is rather dimmed.
  • Gentle light changes are used – alternating from warmer to colder light.


  • Music with a very fast beat is used in places.
  • The performers accompany their dance with sudden shouts and rhythmic hand clapping.
  • Towards the end of the performance, a deep, distorted voice is heard from the tape.


  • During the performance, a driving and powerful atmosphere is created, which is regularly interrupted by breaks and quieter moments.

Audience area

  • Seated grandstand
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability

Early boarding
If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.


  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

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 TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, LIGHT Thomas Giger STAGE Laura Knüsel MUSIC, COMPOSITION Xzavier Stone & Modulaw AUDIO DESIGN 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 TOURMANAGEMENT Caroline Froelich (Moin Moin Productions)

A production by Jeremy Nedd in co-production with Kaserne Basel, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain Lausanne,  and Theater Tuchlaube Aarau. Supported by Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, Südkulturfonds, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Migros Kulturprozent, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jacqueline-Spengler-Stiftung, Schweizer Interpretenstiftung, and Wilhelm und Ida Hertner-Strasser Stiftung. The guest performance in the frame of Leisure & Pleasure is realized with the kind support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Goethe Institut. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung. 

JEREMY NEDD is a Brooklyn (New York) born choreographer and performer who has been living in Basel for some time. Nedd has had engagements at the Semperoper in Dresden (2010-2012) and Ballett Basel (2012-2016). As a guest performer he is associated with Schauspielhaus Zürich, where he has worked with Trajal Harrell, amongst others. Nedd has realised and presented his previous productions at Kaserne Basel, ROXY Birsfelden, Tanzhaus Zürich, Arsenic (Lausanne), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Münchner Kammerspiele.

IMPILO MAPANTSULA is a global network of high-level professional dance artists who specialize 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 organization aims to document and protect the living legacy of Pantsula and support dancers in professionalizing and further developing their art. Impilo Mapantsula creates learning opportunities and supports artistic creation and self-expression through educational, artistic and professional programs, with an emphasis on job creation, international collaborations and exchange programs.

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