Africa is raising its voice in dance discourses. Africa Speaks was an inaugural panel discussion on among dance scholars and artists on the African continent. The panel was convened by Dr. Alfdaniels Mabingo of Uganda and brought together distinguished dance scholars, administrators and practitioners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa to discuss dance practices in a changing world. Selected to represent South Africa were UCT dance academics Lisa Wilson and Maxwell Rani from the Centre of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies. According to Wilson and Rani, holding such Pan-African spaces for the sharing of ideas and exploring this new territory of dance practices in the time of COVID-19 and beyond, as a collective, is relevant and significant.
Renowned South African ballet master, Johaar Mosaval, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town in March 2020. During his career, Mosaval had a string of groundbreaking achievements and rose to the rank of senior principal dancer of the UK’s Royal Ballet by 1965. He was also a pioneeer and a teacher in South Africa. Johaar Mosaval has been awarded the Doctor of Music (honoris causa) degree.
Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is again offering 4 two-year MA scholarships, each to the value of the annual amount of R105,000, to students at an appropriate level who have performance experience and training and are interested in research-led, theatre making, using artistic research methods, and who have a demonstrable interest in the themes of the project.
It is with deep sadness that over this past weekend we learnt via social media of the brutal attack and death of one of our former students, Kirvan Fortuin. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all in their family, friends and loved ones.
Kirvan had joined the School of Dance in 2010 and had appeared in numerous student productions and tours. They were well loved and remembered by so many for their bold nature, flamboyance and curiosity. Kirvan returned recently from CODARTS, Rotterdam where they had received a bursary to engage more fully with their passion choreography. In 2018 they registered for their Honours level study and was hoping to complete this work back at their alma mater. Regrettably, this was not to be ...