Friday, 10 July 2015

INALA offers exciting workshop for dance enthusiasts

Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Liverpool Empire Theatre

INALA are holding an exciting workshop for dance enthusiasts across Merseyside, featuring world-class current and former dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert, at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1.

Following a phenomenal 2014 tour and sell-out runs at both the Edinburgh International Festival and London’s Sadler’s Wells, INALA brings together four-time Grammy Award-winning South African choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo and multi-award winning chorographer Mark Baldwin in this unique artistic collaboration for a creatively reworked production.

INALA, meaning ‘abundance of goodwill’ in Zulu, delivers a spiritually uplifting live experience, powered by a cultural explosion of music, song and dance. Featuring the aforementioned dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert, this critically-acclaimed production embraces an exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures live on stage, to create a unique, immersive experience that reflects both cultures.

INALA’s original score is composed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala and British composer Ella Spira, who created the concept of INALA with First Artist of the Royal Ballet Pietra Mello-Pittman. Blending the intricate rhythms and infectious harmonies of their native musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings, Mark Baldwin’s choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance, performed by an exceptional company of 18 dancers and singers.

Liverpool Empire Theatre are delighted to announce that they will be holding a masterclass dance workshop led by Pietra Mello-Pittman on Saturday July 25 from 10.00-12.00 at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, Liverpool.

Pietra Mello-Pittman is the producer of the show and former ballerina with the Royal Ballet. For further information, visit

The workshop is suitable for all ages and levels of experience, and will enable participants to discover more about the show and learn some of the show's world-class repertoire. They will consist of the same work and repertoire at each venue, so if you want to come along you only need to attend one, either in Manchester on July 24 or in Liverpool on July 25.

The workshop costs just £13. Included in the price is a ticket to see INALA at the Liverpool Empire on Friday July 31 at 19.30.

To book your place on the workshop, download an application form by visiting and clicking on the ‘Creative Learning’ tab. Forms need to be completed and returned to the Liverpool Empire by Thursday July 16.

Please return booking applications by email to, by post to Creative Learning, Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE, or drop the forms in to Liverpool Empire Theatre’s Box Office for the attention of Lauren Taylor, Creative Learning.

If you have any queries, please contact Lauren Taylor at or on 0151 702 7339.

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