Performer and choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba began her vibrant career in dance almost 20 years ago. Trained at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation, and the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, she later launched her solo career, working with a variety of esteemed choreographers, including Robyn Orlin. Since then, she has been involved in various multi-media projects, collaborating with choreographers, performers, visual artists, fashion designers, theatre and television directors, poets and musicians.
Her recent solo works and collaborations Plasticisation, They Look At Me and That’s All They Think, Sakhozi Says ‘Non’ to the Venus, Correspondances, Black!…White? and Uncles & Angels have toured extensively locally and internationally. Xaba participated in the 2013 Venice Biennale, performing adaptations from The Venus, and was awarded the 2013 FNB Art Prize for the Uncles & Angels film created with Mocke J van Veuren.
Mocke J van Veuren is an independent artist, experimental filmmaker, researcher and educator. Over the last decade, he has developed a variety of collaborative film and performance projects, experimenting with media technologies while engaging in critiques on issues of urban life, racial politics, gender and sexuality. Projects have included the Minutes Project with artist Theresa Collins; Jozi Rhythmanalogues with Collins and musicians Bradley Maponya, Siya Makuzeni and João Orecchia; AfterMath with Farieda Nazier, and a series of collaborations with Nelisiwe Xaba, most recently the internationally showcased Uncles & Angels, the film version of which was awarded the FNB Art Prize in 2013.
Van Veuren’s educational and research work focuses on the introduction of experimental methods in media production, the integration of arts and sciences, and pedagogic approaches to dealing with HIV and AIDS-related issues in the learning environment.