Standard Bank Young Artist winner to showcase new dance work

Standard Bank Young Artist winner to showcase new dance work

The Market Theatre will be presenting a new work by the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Luyanda Sidiya.

Sidiya’s latest work ‘SIVA’ (Seven) will be performed by Vuyani Dance Theatre, noted for its cutting edge theatrical works, from Wednesday to Sunday, August 12 to 16, at The John Kani Theatre.

Speaking about his new work, Sidiya says: “As human beings tangled in our own disorder, disruption and disassociation, we constantly yearn for that which guides us to completeness, to oneness. We are in constant search within ourselves, in others, and all around us, for connectedness and peace.”

Sidiya has won numerous other awards and is currently the Artistic Director at Vuyani Dance Theatre. He is also this year’s winner of the Standard Bank’s Young Artist Award for Dance.

Sidiya’s interest in dance began at school where he worked with various township dance, music and drama groups. In 1999 he attended classes at the Dance Factory in Johannesburg then formal trained at Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM).

As a dancer with the MIDM Company he performed nationally and internationally and facilitated workshops in dance companies abroad. His skills soon saw him appointed as the Afro-fusion dance teacher and rehearsal director at MIDM.

He then went on to teach choreography and African dance at Bennington College in Vermont, USA, before spending three years with the ACE dance and Music Company in the UK.

Vuyani Dance Theatre is an African contemporary dance company based in Newtown. It was formed by Gregory Maqoma in 1999 as a playground for artistic development, and also runs a strong outreach programme to groom the next generation of dancing talent. The company has performed in major cities across the globe including Paris, Lagos, Auckland, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and Singapore.

‘SIVA’ premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July.

* Performances will take place from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.

There is a limited season special, with tickets costing R90 on Tuesdays and Sundays.

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