Gregory Maqoma and Chorus of the Community of Madrid

Broken Chord

Between 1891 and 1893, a South African choir of young black singers of both sexes began a long tour of Great Britain, Canada and the United States which they hoped would raise funds to create a technical school in Kimberley, in what is now the Cape Province. The tour began in the colonial city and met with great success. The choir’s performances were never recorded but a few years ago photos were found of its members, taken on that long trip.


Upon hearing the story of the tour, Gregory Maqoma, one of Africa’s best-known and most esteemed choreographers, became fascinated by the tale and envisioned this show which blends references to colonial policies with the personal stories of the choir’s members. Traditional Xhosa and contemporary dances are combined with highly intriguing, atmospheric soundscapes, giving rise to a tale expressed through dance and music that tells, among other things, of the role the played by the West in shaping and explaining South African history.


Borders, migration and identity are also key elements in a production that takes the shape of a sort of opera that turns its back on human voices and calls into question, from the stage, the dialectic that seems to divide the world into the West and the rest of humanity.


A co-production by the Grec 2021 Festival in Barcelona, the Manchester International Festival, Theatre de la Ville - Paris, the Weimar Arts Festival (National Theater), St Pölten Festspielhaus, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Festival Aperto / Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia, Stanford University and Vuyani Dance Theatre


Concept and Interpretation: Gregory Maqoma 

Music Director: Thuthuka Sibisi 

Singers: Xolisile Bongwana. Zandile Hlatshwayo, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Tshegofatso Khunwane

Costume Designer: Laduma Ngxokolo  

Technician: Oliver Hauser 

Sound: Ntuthuko Mbuyazi 

Tour Manager: Siyandiswa Dokoda


In collaboration with the Orchestra and Chorus Foundation of the Community of Madrid




From 22nd of July to 23rd of July
10:30 PM

60 minutes

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

22 euros (sectors 1 y 2), 18 euros (sector 3)


To ensure that all people can take part in activities as safely as possible, specific seats have been set aside to guarantee better locations and improved access for persons with disabilities, depending on how much assistance they require. They can be requested by writing to the email address, in person at physical ticket offices, or by calling the audience assistance line on (+34) 91 318 47 00 between 11am and 2pm or 4.30pm and 8.30pm.

For those who require it to acquire their tickets, sign language video interpreting is available via the following link between the phone assistance hours specified above: Sign Language Video Interpreting for the Hearing Impaired

Upon entering the venue, staff will require ticket holders to show a disability card or equivalent document that provides proof of disability.

Capacity limits are subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 regulations

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Calle del Conde Duque, 11 28015 , 11

Paisaje o vista de Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Distrito Centro

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Metro: Ventura Rodríguez (línea 3), San Bernardo (línea 2 y 4) y Noviciado (línea 2).

Bus: 002

Bicimad: Estación 13 (calle Conde Duque, 22)

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