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Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre Ketima

The irrevocable importance of Vuyani

Michelle Constant, who worked closely with Gregory Maqoma and Vuyani Dance Theatre during her tenure as CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), pays tribute to the dance company. Chilean author Pablo Neruda once wrote: ‘To feel the love of people we love is

Vuyani Dance Theatre Gregory Maqoma William Kentridge The Head and The Load

Ode to the men who were not to be counted

Collaboration has been one of the most important aspects of Vuyani Dance Theatre during its 20-year history, whether it has been local or international, with other choreographers or with a range of differently talented arts practitioners. One recent successful international production was the beautifully produced

Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre Yvette Norwell RMB

‘If you’re talking creative economy, this is it’

Yvette Nowell, head of Corporate Social Investment at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), inherited an association with Gregory Maqoma and Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) when she joined RMB twelve years ago.  ‘Greg is adamant about his company being a business. He’s not holding a begging bowl.

Ashraf Johaardien Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre

The inimitable Mr Maqoma

Ashraf Johaardien has worked with Gregory Maqoma and Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) on numerous occasions throughout his career in his roles as performer, executive producer of the National Arts Festival and now CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Where does Gregory Maqoma end

Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre Roberto Olivan

‘It was never about me’

To celebrate 20 years of Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT), Gregory Maqoma goes back down memory lane to look at the wonderful journey that has led to the current state of this remarkable, innovative, contemporary African dance company.  Wow, when did I actually start dancing? I

Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre

Encore: Gregory Maqoma

Gregory Maqoma is the founder and creative director of Vuyani Dance Theatre, which also comprises Vuyani Dance Company and Vuyani Dance Trust. ‘I am responsible for all creative input and output as well as achieving strategic goals of the company and providing creative leadership,’ he

Looking Back To Move Forward: Celebrating 20 Years of An Innovative Contemporary African Dance Company book

Vuyani Dance Theatre Book

Looking Back To Move Forward: Celebrating 20 Years of An Innovative Contemporary African Dance Company  To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Vuyani Dance Theatre are releasing a beautiful publication published by Creative Feel/DeskLink Media that outlines their incredible journey. Filled with photographs from the last two

Vuyani Dance Theatre Cion Requiem Ravel's Bolero Gregory Maqoma

Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro returns to Johannesburg

Vuyani Dance Theatre’s Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro returns to Johannesburg for a ten-day season at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from 5 September until 15 September 2019. Accompanied by the Soweto Gospel Choir, this season forms part of Vuyani Dance Theatre’s twentieth-anniversary celebrations. With

Vuyani Dance Theatre Cion Requiem Ravel's Bolero Gregory Maqoma

Behind the scenes with the Cion team

Siyandiswa Dokoda, production and marketing manager for Vuyani Dance Theatre, spoke to Gregory Maqoma, Oliver Hauser and Nhlanhla Mahlangu about the upcoming amplified season of Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre. Siyandiswa Dokoda: Can you shed some light on the

Vuyani Dance Company Theatre South Africa

Vuyani Dance Theatre is building a new legacy

Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) undertakes to stay true to its resolve to remain at the top, if not the best, in the creative industry, to continue to develop dance, and for its practitioners to stand and be counted among the highest disciplines in the general

Vuyani Dance Theatre Company

Employment creation: a mission possible

Over the past 20 years, Vuyani Dance Theatre has endeavoured to afford young people from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to excel in dance while developing a new generation of dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) has expanded its contemporary dance vocabulary of

Gregory Maqoma Vuyani Dance Theatre Company

Revisiting our ancestral past in today’s context

When Vuyani Dance Theatre Project (as the small group of African contemporary dancers was initially known) took to the stage in September 1999 at the Dance Factory, the engagement was on a project-by-project basis, but it turned out to be the start of a new

Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Surfing big waves

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, the former CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Imagine this. Mavericks, not the strip joint, but the surf location in Northern California, just past the tiny town of Moss Beach, in a place called Half Moon

Vuyani dance company Gregory Maqoma

Going back to go forward

2019 marks 20 years of Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT), which will be celebrated through the campaign #Vuyani20. VDT is the only full-time, black-founded dance and theatre institution and company to survive the trials and tribulations facing the arts – and not only survive but grow

Vuyani Dance Theatre

Introducing talent to the creative economy

As part of its social missions, Vuyani Dance Theatre works within communities to develop dance talent, both at a school level and by training post-matric youth through its sought-after year-long in-house dance training programme. Vuyani Dance Theatre’s (VDT) training programme provides intense training in dance

Vuyani Dance Eldos

Cry the Beloved Eldos

In the wake of service delivery protests in coloured dominated communities where residents are calling on the government for better services and for a speedy drug intervention programme, Roseline Wilkens’ choreographic work couldn’t come at a more pertinent time. Cry the Beloved Eldos explores the

Moving into Dance MID

Making a difference through dance

2018 marks 40 years since Moving into Dance (MID) was founded in Sylvia ‘Magogo’ Glasser’s garage as a way to provide dance training to youth in underprivileged communities and equip them with the skills to overcome their socio-economic circumstances. Today, MID is a trailblazing, nationally

Vuyani week Rise

Rise, a story of hope

For the first time since 2014, Gregory Maqoma will present a work at Vuyani Week in 2018. As is to be expected from the acclaimed choreographer, the piece is one which will spark dialogue and potentially change the way we think of the future. With

Our lives, our stories

‘My heart is aware, my soul is accepting, my spirit is willing, my being is ready and God is in control, yet I find myself in a constant tug of war with myself,’ Thabang Mojapelo explains the inspiration to her solo piece Tug of War,

Vuyani Dance Theatre

Vuyani Dance Theatre

About: Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) is a multi-awarded and globally esteemed contemporary African dance company, founded by decorated dancer and choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma in 1999. VDT serves as the CSI and developmental arm of Vuyani Dance Company.      Maqoma, who serves as Executive

Cion

Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero set to tour

Since its premiere at The Market Theatre (co-producers of the piece) on Africa Day in 2017, Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero will be embarking on its maiden tour to Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, to be presented on the main festival stage, Teatrul Național

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