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State of Emergency Productions presents

Where is Home?

Saturday 6 May
Venue 1
From £10.00
to £12.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

A new twist on a 1000 year old fable presenting great music and dance from South Africa, mixed with urban culture from London and Los Angeles.

Go on...

Where do you come from? Where are you heading? Where is home? Soweto, late 80s. A young man struggles against the security forces, confronts tribal tensions and deals with the death of his own mother. He falls in love with a girl from the wrong neighbourhood and together they decide to run away from home and everything they have ever known...

The show marks State of Emergency's 30th anniversary as a producer.

What to Expect

 A dance theatre show featuring a mixture of Dance and music styles with live and recorded music.

90secs Promo - WIH - London from State of Emergency on Vimeo.


Who's Involved

State of Emergency was founded in 1986 by Deborah Baddoo MBE (Dance) and Steve Marshall (Music), primarily as a performance company presenting original choreography and music. State of Emergency was from the outset, a vital collaboration between dance and music.

As a producer, State of Emergency has a proven track record and is proud of its associations with some of the leading names in the contemporary arts scene. Across a wide range of activity, State of Emergency has also provided opportunities for hundreds of “emerging” artists and participants in the fields of dance and music. State of Emergency is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

Creative Team:

Deborah Baddoo - Artistic Director: State of Emergency

Having trained at the University of Surrey, Deborah Baddoo went on to gain an MA in Performance Arts at Middlesex University. A performer and choreographer in her own right, in the fields of jazz and African contemporary dance, Deborah went on to open Pyramid Dance Studio in London in 1985, and founded State of Emergency in 1986. For nearly thirty years, SOE has been instrumental in providing a launch pad for so many artists and companies.

Throughout her varied career she has pursued a passionate, long-term vision to support the development of Black dance and choreography nationally and internationally, and in 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to British dance.

Steve Marshall -Director and Musical Director: Where Is Home?

Steve Marshall is principally a singer/songwriter who, in 1983, co-founded Pyramid Arts Development, a seminal music and arts centre in Dalston, East London. He set up State of Emergency with Deborah Baddoo in 1986, which was the beginning of a long association with dance theatre. In 2011/12 his score for Desert Crossings, a collaboration with South African choreographer, Gregory Maqoma, achieved critical acclaim.

Notably, Steve created three albums with Lee “Scratch” Perry. Two of these productions received Grammy nominations. Working with Lee led to recording and mixing projects with Keith Richards and George Clinton.


Bafana Solomon Matea

Bafana studied at Pro Arte Alphen Park Art School in South Africa before continuing his training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, New York on a Judith Jamison scholarship.  He has performed extensively across America, Europe and the United Kingdom with companies including Ballet Hispanico, Dance Anonymous, Juxtapower (South African Song and Dance), Battery Dance Company, and Tavaziva Dance.

His work includes a variety of styles and influences including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Zulu dance, African, Boot dancing, and Break-dancing.

Dumisani Muntu Ngubane

‘Muntu’ is an experienced performer, actor, teacher and choreographer. His credits include television work as a teacher/choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing in South Africa as well as teaching dance on Big Brother Africa. He appeared in the Vodacom Face of Ballroom Challenge 2008 and 2009, Simply Ballroom (UK Production) and has worked closely with the South African Grammy winning flautist, Wouter Kellerman.

Muntu was also the lead dancer in African Footprint, directed by Richard Loring. Over the past sixteen years Muntu’s professional dance career has involved Ballroom, Latin American, Tap and African dance (including Gum Boot and Zulu dance).

Michael Joseph

Since completing his training at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance 27 years ago, Michael has consistently worked as a choreographer, dance artist, teacher and DSLR dance filmmaker – nationally and internationally. In 2008, he left his position as Assistant Artistic Director with Union Dance after 23 years to establish his career as an Independent Dance Artist.

His work has been influenced and inspired by an eclectic mix of various choreographers, and he has had the privilege to work with Bill T Jones, Doug Elkins, Rafael Bonachela, Laurie Booth, B Boys, Axè (Capoeirista), Tom Jobe and Derek Williams.

His movement language fuses different styles of dance using strong Contemporary Dance training as his base whilst incorporating Martial Arts, Brazilian rooted Capoeira, B Boying and Urban Dance styles. Digital Technology has also been in the core of his work and training and he produces digital imagery/film as a key element for the majority of his choreographic work.


Thapelo Kotlolo

Thapelo Kotlolo studied performing arts and facilitation at The Sibikwa Arts Centre from 2008-2009. In 2010 he joined The Sibikwa Arts Dance Company and performed at different dance festivals in South Africa including the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. In 2011 he joined the internship programme of the Forgotten Angel Theatre Collaborative. He toured Europe with Ikusasa in 2012 and upon his return he re-joined Sibikwa as a senior dancer and facilitator. 2014 he presented his first choreography entitled Shades at Spring Loaded Festival. In 2015 he choreographed a dance piece entitled Men Don’t Talk which was presented at the Museum Of African Design as part of the Dance Umbrella Festival.

Akona Florian

Akhona trained at Cape Academy of Performing Arts and Nathalie Vivjer’s School of Drama. She also studied Vocal and Musical Theatre under Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander. As a member of Cape Dance Company, she toured nationally, including performances at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and internationally including visits to France, the United States and the United Kingdom. Akhona’s specialisms include Ballet, Contemporary, Horton, Release, Modern, Yoga, Hip Hop and African.

Tshediso Kabulu

Tshediso Kabulu began his first formal dance training in 2008 under dance teacher and choreographer David Hala where he majored in afro-fusion and African contemporary. Tshediso won numerous popular dance campus competitions between 2007 - 2011 including So You Think You Can Dance campus challenge, MTN Campus Dance Challenge and UFS Culture evening dance category, to mention a few. In 2009, he began classical contemporary training with Reginald Danster and joined Flatfoot Dance Company in January 2012 as a dance educator. Since his internship at Flatfoot Dance Company, Tshediso has worked with a number of high-calibre professional dance choreographers.

Tony Boemo Banyatsi

Tony Boemo Banyatsi was born and raised in North West Mafikeng and began studying performing arts in 1997. In 2006 he joined arts agency Magic Train and also trained at Portents Dance Company. In 2008 he studied performing arts at Sibikwa Arts Centre, and in 2012 he went to study in Senegal at the School of Sand with renowned choreographer, Germaine Acogny.

Nosiphiwo Samente

Nosiphiwo Samente has been involved in theatre productions and dancing professionally for approximately 10 years, as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher.

Nosiphiwo trained at Jazzart Dance Theatre where she graduated to become a professional dancer. She then moved to Johannesburg where she worked for Vuyani Dance Theatre under Gregory Maqoma and The Forgotten Angel Theatre Collaborative under PJ Sabbagha.

Musicians and Co-Composers:

Wouter Kellerman

The multi-award winning Wouter Kellerman is a world-renown South African flautist and music composer who recently won the 2015 Grammy® Award in the Best New Age Album category for his latest album Winds of Samsara.  He has also won two SAMA awards (South African equivalent to the Grammy); one in 2010 for his show Kellerman Colour Live in the ‘Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD’ category, and his second in 2011 for Two Voices in the ‘Best Instrumental Album’ category, reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians.

Ratshepe ‘Phresh’ Makhene - Bass

“Phresh” is a singer/songwriter, bass player and a percussionist, born and raised in Soweto, South Africa. Makhene has toured extensively throughout the world as a working musician from the age of 16 and has an N6 Certificate in Music & Styles from Central Johannesburg College.

He has recently worked with world-renowned South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma on his Rain Dance production at The Market Theatre, toured India and performed at the South African 21st Freedom Day celebration in Mumbai and performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall with Grammy Award winning Flautist Wouter Kellerman.

David Klassen – Percussion

Independent percussionist David Klassen is a full-time freelance drummer and vocalist in the South African music industry. David has worked with many artists, including Luna Paige, Havana Gas and Concord Nkabinde.

What people are saying

"It was amazing! I loved it so much. Being from Zimbabwe I was able to relate to the music and storyline. I really enjoyed it. Hell yes!" Charmaine Zinyemba

"Excellent and hardworking crew. Impressive performance. You all have a bigger and brighter future. Good luck for more upcoming shows." Shubham Vitkar

“Fantastic. Life affirming. Light and dark. Fabulously talented. State of Emergency always produce quality shows - so high.” Edson Burton

“A beautiful tale combining tradition with modern; a story of love, identity, internal and social conflict. Beautifully amalgamated colour, dance, music and history.” Nela

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'As a vibrant arts centre in the centre of the East End is a perfect cultural setting for the fantastic range of diverse talent the State of Emergency are offering with this show. State of Emergency were ‘born’ in the East End of London and so bringing  Where is Home? to the East end with is like coming home!'

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 11+

No guaranteed entry for latecomers.

This event is wheelchair accessible.