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Siwela Sonke


South Africa


Siwela SonkeSiwela Sonke Dance Theatre (SSDT) is a professional dance theatre company that emerged from a training and development programme for black dancers with no access to training opportunities, initiated by The Playhouse Company in Durban in 1994. ‘Siwela Sonke’ in isiZulu translates as ‘crossing over to a new place altogether’. 

The company continues to produce new work under the close direction of Professor Jay Pather. SSDT is a registered non-profit organization SSDT has built an international reputation. They were invited to perform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, the Macufe Festival in Taung, at the opening of the International Writers Festival and at the Interface Festival in London. The Indian Government supported a hugely successful tour of India and Sri Lanka. 
Vita Awards were received by company members in the categories of Best Choreography, Best Female Dancer and Most Promising Male Dancer, as well as nominations for Best Male Dancer. Recent performances include Blind Spot (2009), Denmark Copenhagen; Body of Evidence(2010) performed at the Big 5 Festival, The Hague Holland; Spier Festival of White Light (2010) in Cape Town, Opening of Parliament (2011) Cape Town, and I Should Have Asked But I Didn’t (2011) at the Drama for Life Festival Johannesburg


Public Arts Festival

6th - 10th March 2012

presented by The Africa Centre

Public art has always been part of who we are on this continent and in this country. The interconnectedness of the African “us” has often been impeded however, throwing people apart and far away from each other, creating a physical and psychic separation. Infecting the City is a small attempt at igniting this interconnectedness through artistic expression, making public space public.

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