An inimitable voice in the South African dance community, The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) celebrates 25 years of groundbreaking creativity and five years of the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre this year. Creative Feel spoke to celebrated choreographer, arts activist, founder and Managing Director of FATC, PJ Sabbagha, about the company’s unique legacy and achievements.
Dance theatre as a vehicle for personal and social transformation has been at the core of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) since its founding in 1995 by PJ Sabbagha and performer/choreographer/director Tracey Human.
‘I established FATC as a platform to create a semiprofessional performance space for talented students of dance and performance at The Wits Drama Department where I was a lecturer in movement, dance and choreography at the time,’ says Sabbagha. ‘Equally, the company was a space for me to create my own work and pursue my choreographic career as I had recently graduated from Rhodes University.’
Now celebrating 25 years, FATC has built a considerable legacy, placing it not only in the upper echelons of South Africa’s dance sector, but also as a leading voice in the arts activism space.
Over the years, FATC has collaborated with a huge number of individuals who, says Sabbagha, ‘have been really important in terms of our work together and the impacts of our collaborations both on our individual artistic practices as well as on broader trends within the national contemporary dance space.’
Some collaborators include renowned South African and international dance and theatre artists such as Gregory Maqoma, Shanell Winlock, Boyzie Cekwana, Sylvaine Strike, Gerard Bester, Jennifer Ferguson, Gladys Agulhas, Irene Stephanou, Sello Pesa, Daniel Buckland, Moeketsi Koena, Athena Mazarakis, Craig Morris, Gys de Villiers, Dawid Minnaar, Timothy le Roux, Eric Languet, Concord Nkabinde (composer), Lucky Kele, Bafikile Sedibe, Hlengiwe Lushaba, Gaby Saranouffi, Rudolf Vosser (visual artist), Ivan Estegneev, Evgeny Kulagin, Dada Masilo, Thulani Chauke, Fana Tshabalala and Mamela Nyamza, to mention a few.
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