A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Fela is currently booking for performances from 6 November – 4 December, but will run in repertoire at the National’s Olivier Theatre through to late January 2011; new booking dates to be announced in late July.
‘There should be dancing in the streets. There has never been anything like this.’ Ben Brantley, New York Times
‘An ecstatic phenomenon.’ Time Out, New York
‘Radiates joy.’ Entertainment Weekly
‘Top 10 Shows of 2009. It’s a work of total theatre and a party where the power of the people is unleashed with a contagious jiggle.’ Los Angeles Times
Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist.
Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, FELA! – an original new creation – comes via Broadway to the National Theatre.