Creative Conversations

Anatomy of a (South) African Dance Company: This year marks the 15th birthday of Gregory Vuyani Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre’s (VDT) and its repositioning as Vuyani Dance Company (VDC).

Event Schedule

25 Apr 2014   02:00 PM - 03:30 PM past event


Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

As part of their celebrations VDC premieres Maqoma’s Full Moon, from the 29th of April to the 11th of May 2014, in The Mandela at the Joburg Theatre with the South African National Youth Orchestra.

In acknowledgement of this dance company’s remarkable history The Ar(t)chive will engage with founder Maqoma in a Creative Conversation which explores the evolution and current challenges of this internationally renowned dance institution. This pioneering dancer-choreographer and director will also outline the complexities of a production of such magnitude with an emphasis on collaboration which is one of the Vuyani signatures.

The Ar(t)chive is the first comprehensive contemporary dance archive of its kind in South Africa and on the continent. This project is managed by filmmaker and Wits Masters graduate Jessica Denyschen in tandem with theatre journalist and dance writer Adrienne Sichel as resident researcher and consultant. The Ar(t)chive endeavours to bring together various strands of this living heritage in a physical and virtual memory bank. The Ar(t)chive is proudly supported by SPARC and WITS School of Arts.


14:00-14:10 Welcome address by Vuyani Board Chair Thandiwe Msibi

14:10-14:55 Introduction and interview by Adrienne Sichel to Vuyani Dance Company’s 15 year history followed by an interview with founder Gregory Vuyani Maqoma

14:55-15:10 In conversation with Artistic Director Luyanda Sidiya about the company’s repositioning in the corporate sector and their future plans

15:10-15:20 Reaching for the African Stars - The making of Full Moon – in conversation with composer Isaac Molelekoa and choreographer Gregory Maqoma


15:20-15:30 Question and Answer

 25 April 14:00-15:30

Venue: The Dance Factory (Newtown)

Free Event

Creative Conversation Series: Featured Artist/Company: Gregory Maqoma

 Creative Conversations: Choreographing History, Dancing Heritage – Reflecting on the evolution of South African contemporary dance pre-and post-democracy is a four- part project presented by The Ar(t)chive which is hosted by the Wits School of Arts. Other focus points in 2014 are Tossie van Tonder's career and her latest work What does the earth think it is?;  PJ Sabbagha and Sylvaine Strike’s collaborative Cargo: Precious and South African dance photography.

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