Sibikwa Arts Centre’s Choreographer’s Showcase

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Sibikwa’s Choreographer’s Showcase – Straight out of Sibikwa – will take place on Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 14:00-16:00.

Sibikwa is providing a platform for 3 established choreographers, who have crossed paths with Sibikwa as choreographers and teachers over the past 5 years. Yuhl Headman, Mcebisi Bhayi and Katlego Mogola return to the Sibikwa stage to present their latest work. This year, the Choreographer’s Showcase will offer audiences a glimpse into their experiences, their journeys, and their perspectives on themes of society, spirituality and identity.

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Yuhl Headman is a graduate of UCT School of Dance, with a Diploma in Arts and Culture Management from Wits. He has worked with some of the most prominent South African dance companies and has toured Europe extensively, including France with the Artscape’s version of the opera, Treemonisha. He was company manager for the Sibikwa Arts Dance Company, and in addition, choreographed several works, namely Internal Findings, Ndihambile and Sharing a Sin. Yuhl Headman will be presenting his work Retractions “iSaqhubeka”, performed by 5 dancers who find themselves lost in this world and a society that they are no longer a part of.

Mcebisi Bhayi studied at Moving into Dance Mophatong, where he was nominated for the Most Promising Contemporary Male Dancer and received the Pick of the Stepping Stone award at the FNB Dance Umbrella. In 2008, he joined Vuyani Dance Theatre and thereafter went to Senegal for 3 months to study African Dance with Germaine Acogny. He has collaborated and performed with international artists, such as Joey Chua from Singapore. Mcebisi currently works as a facilitator and choreographer at Sibikwa. Mcebisi Bhayi will be performing a solo piece titled Iqhawe Elingaphakathi kum (Shadow Pillar) – an African Contemporary piece that encourages individuals to find inner their strength.

Katlego Mogola’s collaborative piece explores the experiences of young black women who identify as lesbian. Using provocative imagery, the piece brings together photography, visual art, poetry, movement, singing and sound-scaping. Katlego started as a Saturday Arts Academy learner at Sibikwa, and then went on to study dance and drama at TUT. She was part of Sibikwa’s young Female Choreographer’s Programme in 2016/2017, and recently co-found Joint Minds, a performing arts company that works across disciplines to address issues affecting LGBTI persons.

As part of this year’s Choreographer’s Showcase, we are privileged to have Mamela Nyamza serve as a mentor to evaluate the works presented and provide feedback for their further development.

Straight out of Sibikwa will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019, from 14:00 to 16:00, at Sibikwa Arts Centre, 13 Liverpool Road, Benoni. Pre-booked admission R40 and R60 at the door. Secure parking available. Light snacks and refreshments will be on sale. For more information, contact Vumile Qupe on 011 422 4359 / 079 706 2394 or at projects@sibikwa.co.za.

 

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