GRAFTING with the Sibikwa Youth Dance Company

The acclaimed Sibikwa Arts Centre, now celebrating its twentieth year, is proud to present its annual student dance presentation, GRAFTING, for one performance only at the Dance Factory in Newtown on Sunday 5 October at 14h30.

GRAFTING is presented by the Sibikwa Youth Dance company with the learners and interns of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, who each year work towards a public performance where they can showcase their talents. The 52 learners and the 10 interns hail from Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State and North West.

In line with Sibikwa’s mission, four young, professional choreographers have been engaged to work with the participants of the accredited Learnership in the Performing Arts. This affords the young students the opportunity of working with up-and-coming young, professional choreographers.

The choreographers with whom the students will work for the 2008 Dance presentation are the award winning choreographer and teacher Portia Mashigo, Melusi Mkhwanjani, a contemporary dancer and teacher and Lucky Ntlhane Ratlhagane who worked with the learners and Bafekile Sedibe who worked with the interns.

The twentieth year of Sibikwa’s existence herald’s a new initiative, The Sibikwa Youth Dance Company. This company aims to build a repertoire of South African dance, to train skilled young dancers, to develop the community through dance, to facilitate Educational development through dance and to create jobs within the dance industry within the ambit of the Sibikwa Arts Centre. The dancers will be trained in South African traditional dance, South African urban dance (Pantsula, gumboot, contemporary African), hip hop and ballet. They hope to create a meeting point that will reflect South Africa in the 21st century, interpret the current reality and celebrate South Africa’s cultural diversity. Dancers will be drawn from the Saturday Arts Academy.

Lungile MagagulaFour of the Company members will be young professionals embarking on their dance careers and currently this includes: Lungile Maboe who started dancing professionally at Sibikwa Arts Centre in 2004 where she was trained in afro fusion by Lucky Ratlagane. During that year she toured to Norway where she conducted workshops on issues of crime and violence in South Africa. In 2005 she was recommended to be part of a performing Arts Learnership in Sibikwa’s Ezithuthukayo Dance and Drama group. She performed in Ke-mang , directed by Yana Sakelaris and Clara Vaughan, did outreach work in Primary and High Schools and later that year she obtained Best dancer of the Year award. In 2006 she did the Sibikwa internship where she focused on facilitation, Poetry, Storytelling, drama and dance. In 2007 she joined City Year as a service leader at schools for grade 4 to 7. A facilitator, co-ordinator, and a best leader of the year nominee she is now Sibikwa’s Saturday Arts Centre Afro Fusion dance teacher.

Lehlohonolo Dube, from Kwa-Thema in Springs,started performing with the Proud Actors, then joined Zwakala Dramatic Oracle in 2005. He joined Sibikwa Arts Centre in 2006. He completed his Learnership in Performing Arts NQF level 4 . In 2007 he completed an Internship at Sibikwa Arts Centre in facilitation and Performance. He performed in several productions: In the Beginning, an adaptation of the Credo Mutwa Story, Maru, the Butoh-based In the Wake of the Body and Sibikwa’s Uhambo-The Journey,directed by Smal Ndaba.

Taemane Mothobi grew up in Odendaalsrus, Kutlonong in Free State. In 1999 he started acting at Phehello High School. In 2005 he attended Sibikwa’s Saturday Arts Academy. Like Lehlohonolo Dube he went onto he complete his Learnership in Performing Arts NQF Level 4 in 2008 and his Internship in 2007. He also performed in Sibikwa’s Uhambo-The Journey, In the Beginning, an adaptation of the Credo Mutwa Story, Maru and the Butoh-based In the Wake of the Body

Lucky Modiselle joined Sibikwa’s Saturday Arts Academy in 2004. In 2005 he joined the Learnership programme and acquired NQF Level 4 in performing arts. In 2006 he worked with Velvet Rope as a freelance dancer and assistant Production manager till April 2008, after which he joined the Vuyani Dance Theatre.

The performance of GRAFTING has been made possible with the assistance of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).

Tickets for the one performance of GRAFTING are available at the door and are R30. Schools wishing to attend this performance are urged to contact the Sibikwa office at 011 422 4359 or e-mail

The Sibikwa Arts Centre is a community based organization which uses the arts for community development. The Sibikwa Community Theatre Project was formed by a group of parents in the East Rand township of Daveyton in 1988. Concerned by the low level of education, their children’s poor attendance at school, the lack of focus in their children’s lives, the increasing violence and the lack of amenities in the township, Sibikwa came into being.

Visit Sibikwa’s website for further information.

source: Artslink