Welcome to the FNB Dance Umbrella!

The FNB Dance Umbrella 2007 will be a highlight on all dance-lovers’ calendars. This year the festival will feature 25 programmes of work representative of all forms of contemporary choreography and dance in this country. Please check out our links and images. If you need any information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 011 482 4140 / 011 482 5615 or on danceumbrella@artslink.co.za

Wednesday, February 7

Media Release: Residency Choreographic Programme


In 2003 Georgina Thomson was invited to attend Montpellier Dance Festival in France. During this festival a young residency programme was held there and on her return Georgina decided to start one here in South Africa. The residency programme was born in 2003.

This year we have received financial assistance from the National Arts Council. and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund to make the programme a success.

The aim of the residency is to discover new ways of creating work, to shift and develop up and coming choreographers by giving them skills and artistic ideas on creating new works. This platform will serve as a network for artists to get to know each other, experiment new styles of dance and talk about the improvement of the arts particularly dance.

Professor Gary Gordon from Eastern Cape Town and Alfred Hinkel from Cape Town are the main facilitators who will be conducting the residency programme. Teachers who will take part are Constance Kau-Mcunu, David April, Gregory Maqoma and Sifiso E. Kweyama. The residency workshops will take place at the Melville Kruisgemeente Hall from the 27th of February to the 11th of March 2007.

Our participants this year are:
Mcebisi Bhayi Lungile Magagula
Ntsane Mopeli Mduduzi Mkhethi
Tladi Moletsane Gift Mlambo
Sifiso Majola Benjamin Peea
Jonas Byaruhanga Thabang Ramaila

Songezo Mcilizeli Margaret Makoka

Most of the participants are based in Johannesburg however Jonas Byaruhanga is from Uganda, Mcebisi Bhayi from Eastern Cape and Sifiso Majola from Durban. Our participants have attended established schools and institutions like Phenduka Dance Theatre, Moving into Dance and Sibikwa Arts Centre.

Should you require any additional information, please contact Sifiso E. Kweyama at 011 482-5615 or 083 990 8890 or okhela@artslink.co.za

Visit www.artslink.co.za/arts for updated programme schedules.

The FNB Dance Umbrella 2007 has been made possible with assistance from First National Bank; The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the French Institute of South Africa; Business and Arts South Africa; the National Arts Council, Pro-Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, The Netherlands Embassy and the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture. ==================================

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