Director Mark Dornford-May and Music Director Pauline Malefane formed what is now the core of Isango Ensemble in Cape Town in 2000. From the beginning the company has drawn its performers from the previously disadvantaged townships surrounding the city. Isango creates performances with a strong South African flavour by re-imagining Western theatre classics within a South African or township setting and by creating new work reflecting South African heritage.

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Isango Ensemble is an award-winning, internationally renowned opera company.

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Meet The Ensemble

Just a few of the faces that make up our company.


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Isango Ensemble

Isango Ensemble is a South African theatre company that draws its artists mainly from the townships surrounding Cape Town. Our stage productions and films have played to sold-out audiences across the world, and we’ve received numerous international awards. Isango’s productions re-imagine classics from the Western theatre canon, finding a new context for the stories within a South African or township setting thereby creating inventive work relevant to the heritage of the nation.  Our company’s structure embraces artists at all stages of their creative development allowing senior artists to lead and contribute towards the growth of rising talents.


Isango Ensemble will be touring the USA from 11 September 2014 to 09 November 2014 – please contact us for dates and venues.

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