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MOYA Returns to the Stage with an Explosive Revamp and New Cast Members! Brace yourselves, circus enthusiasts! Zip Zap’s sensational production, MOYA, is back and better than ever, dazzling audiences at the iconic Artscape Opera House from 3 to 6 August 2023 for five shows only. This mesmerizing show, which recently received two Naledi Theatre Award nominations, promises an unforgettable experience that blends contemporary and traditional circus in an epic tale inspired by real-life Zip Zap stories.

Prepare to be transported into a world of wonder and excitement as MOYA takes you on a thrilling journey like no other. This revamped edition features brand-new acts, freshly produced original music, and an infusion of heart-pounding performances that will leave you on the edge of your seat! To get a taste of the show please watch the MOYA trailer here.

MOYA is also welcoming a stellar line-up of new cast members:

Akho Narwele joined Zip Zap in 2016 after being introduced to circus at the DCAS (Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport) afterschool programme. Akho was part of the cast of

Rhapsodie that toured France and Switzerland in 2022-2023. He is currently completing Zip Zap’s vocational programme, Dare2Dream (D2D). Akho’s acts in MOYA include Club Juggling and Group Acro. “Being part of the MOYA cast is helping me achieve my goal of becoming a professional circus artist,” says Akho.

Masizakhe Kovi: A passionate handstand artist, Masizakhe fell in love with circus when he joined Zip Zap’s Ibhongolwethu programme in Khayelitsha in 2015. He is currently completing Zip Zap’s vocational programme, Dare2Dream. He’s now mastering Contortion, Handstand, and Acrobatics for MOYA. Masizakhe shares, “It feels amazing to work with professional circus artists and learn from them.”

Silumko Ndulula: Having started his Zip Zap journey in 2009 at the Ibhongolwethu programme in Khayelitsha, Silumko progressed to Simunye programme in 2014, and Dare2Dream (D2D) vocational programme in 2018. Silumko is a seasoned performer known for his versatility. His acts in the show include Diabolo, Group Acro, and Dance. Silumko is thrilled to be part of a professional production, stating, “I now have more time to practice my specialties.”

These incredible newcomers join the existing MOYA cast members, who recently wowed audiences during their successful tour of France and Switzerland with Zip Zap’s production, Rhapsodie. Let’s reintroduce you to the fantastic talents gracing the stage:

Bridgette Berning: An accomplished aerial performer, Bridgette discovered circus at Sisonke, an after-school circus programme created by a Zip Zap alumnus in Stellenbosch. Watch her soar through the air with her trapeze and silk acts.

Jacobus (Trompie) Claassen was introduced to Zip Zap in 2009 through Zip Zap 2nd Chance outreach programme. Prepare for laughs as Jacobus showcases his many talents. His quirky character and infectious energy make him a hit with audiences of all ages. Catch him as a Flyer, Bounce Juggler, and Acrobat.

Jason Barnard: This multi-disciplinary performer brings a compelling stage presence like no other. He joined Zip Zap when he was just 8 years old, for an initial 4 years, and returned when he was 19. As one of South Africa’s premier jugglers, Jason astounds with the only gravity-juggling act in the country. Don’t miss his poetic rap and performances as Porter, Bounce Juggler, Acrobat, and Dancer.

Luqmaan Benjamin had big dreams of becoming a football player but lost interest when he discovered acrobatics and tricking at the age of 17. In 2020 he discovered Zip Zap Circus during a flash mob performance in Cape Town City Centre, and joined its vocational programme, Dare2Dream. In MOYA he performs as an Acrobat, Porter, and Dancer.

Matthew Risk has been part of Zip Zap Circus since 2012. After he matriculated in 2020, he joined Zip Zap’s vocational programme, Dare2Dream. Having a love for music, he is also a music producer and often makes instrumental tracks for musicians to rap/sing over. His acts in MOYA include Unicycle, Acrobat, Porter, and Dance.

Phelelani Ndakrokra, also known as ‘Ree’, joined Zip Zap in 2010. Ree has remarkable physicality which he blends artfully with intense creative expression. He won Best Performer at the International Circus Awards 2021 for his performance in MOYA, An Acrobatic Art Film. He provides a captivating display of his craft on the ground with his Cyr Wheel and in the air with Straps. His other skills in the show include Acrobatics and Dance.

Vuyani Lottering has been part of the Zip Zap family since 2015. He graduated from Zip Zap’s vocational programme, Dare2Dream last year after receiving the Zip Zap Student of the Year award in 2019. He is a polished, dedicated, and talented performer you will see in MOYA as a Ball Juggler, Acrobat, Porter, and Dancer.

MOYA runs for 1h20 with no interval and is appropriate for all ages from 3 years, with ticket prices ranging from R200 – R300:

Artscape Opera House, Cape Town: 3 – 6 August 2023

Thursday, 3 August 19h30

Friday, 4 August 19h30

Saturday, 5 August 15h00 and 19h30

Sunday, 6 August 14h00 Booking at Computicket

For corporate and group bookings please contact Liz at

MOYA at Artscape is proudly supported by the City of Cape Town and Primedia Outdoor.

After the Cape Town season, MOYA then heads to Johannesburg for a limited season at The Teatro at Montecasino from 31 August – 10 September 2023.

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