In 2017, State of Emergency presented an improvised version of Where Is Home? at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here is musician Ratshepe ‘Phresh’ Makhene and dancer Masumi Endo performing on the Royal Mile. Photo © 2017 Irven Lewis.
Desert Crossings was an international collaboration between State of Emergency and South African choreographer, Gregory Maqoma. The project addressed environmental issues and the dancers were Lerato Lipere, Carl Harrison, Gerrard Martin, Keisha Grant and Sade Alleyne. Photo © 2011 Irven Lewis.
From the outset the conversation between live music and dance has been State of Emergency’s USP. Pictured here at Edinburgh Fringe (L-R): Steve Marshall (Musical Director), Masumi Endo (dancer), Michele Montolli (Bass), Yusuf Ahmed (Drums & Percussion), Ratshepe ‘Phresh’ Makhene (Vocals, Bass & Percussion) and Thapelo Kotlolo (dancer & singer). Photo © 2017 Irven Lewis.
State of Emergency brought in Michael Joseph to create Choices & Consequences a.k.a. Co-Mission. The production nurtured the development of emerging choreographer, Laura Dajao, and brought together the ‘dream team’: Louise Katerega, Housni Omer, Hannah Meraki, Ash Goosey and Louise Dickson. Photo © 2015 Kathryn Brillhart.
Choreographers Colin Poole and Alesandra Seutin work hand in hand with State of Emergency to create Love&Sex a.k.a. Per-Mission. Pictured here are dancers Gerrard Martin and Connor Quill performing ‘Cold Love’. Photo © 2013 Brian Slater.
Mission Possible/Dadz&Ladz looked at male roles and stereotypes and featured new work by choreographers Jeanefer Jean Charles, Kwesi Johnson and Colin Poole. It was the last of State of Emergency’s popular showcase tours known as The Mission. After this, the company moved on to creating full length works. Pictured here are O’Neil Pryce and Tony Mills. Photo © 2009 Irven Lewis.
Mission Re-Position examined issues of women’s identity and featured new work by choreographers Jeanefer Jean Charles, Menelva Harry, Louise Katerega and Zeze Kolstad. Pictured here are dancers Amanda Lewis and Marcia Edwards. Photo © 2007 Toby Farrow.
Mission 2003 was State of Emergency’s first showcase tour, presenting work by new choreographers including Bawren Tavaziva, Robert Hylton, Maria Ryan and Irven Lewis (all of whom are pictured here). Photo © 2003 Eric Richmond.
Where Is Home? is our most ambitious production to date, an international collaboration between artists from South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S.A. Ten choreographers including David Matemela, Alesandra Seutin, Vicki Igbokwe, Nyaniso Dzedze, Michael Joseph, Bafana Matea, Dumisani Ngubane and Francesca Penzani contributed to the work. Pictured here are dancers Tshediso Kabulu, Nosiphiwo Samente, Tony Banyatsi and Akona Florian. Photo © 2017 Peter Japal.
State of Emergency’s Artistic Director, Deborah Baddoo, pictured here on Exmouth beach in the run up to State of Emergency’s Desert Crossings. Photo © 2011 Barry Lewis.

State of Emergency is a performance and production company, committed to the creation of high quality work, and to creativity and innovation in the fields of dance and music. As a producer in its own right, and also as an advocate for artists and performers, State of Emergency has established a national and international reputation.

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“The lovers decide to run away from South Africa, and everything they have ever known. The journey from Jo'burg to Walvis Bay is full of difficulties, dangers and crisis.” From Where Is Home? A State of Emergency Production.