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10 - 12 August 2014
Edinburgh Playhouse

Inala – meaning abundance of goodwill – is a muscular and beautiful blend of South African and Western cultures in an exhilarating celebration of the rainbow nation.

Choreographer Mark Baldwin unites Zulu traditions of song and dance with Western classical ballet, contemporary dance and music in one breathtaking performance. This unique collaboration brings together a stellar company including current and former dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert with music performed live by Grammy Award®-winning South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

In over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music-making, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's past successes include working with Paul Simon on his album Graceland, featuring the intricate rhythms and harmonies of its native South African musical traditions.

Performed live by the choir and an instrumental ensemble, Inala's brand new score is a collaboration between classical composer Ella Spira and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

A truly unique collaboration

Former Royal Ballet director Dame Monica Mason

Undulating rhythmic phrases that push and pull...harmonising that is both ethereal and earthy

World Music, UK, on Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 35 minutes approximately


Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place

Supported by
Culture 2014 logo

City of Edinburgh Council logo

Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa logo

SA-UK seasons logo

20 years of Freedom logo



World Premiere

Mark Baldwin Choreographer
Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ella Spira Composers

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Music
Including current and former dancers from Rambert and The Royal Ballet

Produced by Sisters Grimm

Image: Simon Turtle

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £32 £28 £23 £18
Stalls: £32 £28 £23 £18 £12 £10

Current discounts

Inala & Ladysmith multibuy offer: 20% off
Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off