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JOBURG MOVES Dance Season set to kick off at UJ Arts & Culture

The University of Johannesburg’s Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), is thrilled to announce the launch of JOBURG MOVES Dance Season curated and coordinated by choreographer and director, Lesego van Niekerk.   

The dance season, created in the style of a Fringe platform will take place from 23 to 26 April 2024 at the UJ Arts & Culture Centre and will feature performances including Ukukhanya Kwenyanga: A Moonlight Waltz, choreographed by Craig Pedro from Joburg Ballet, Umthombo & Baobab, choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau and Sylvia Glasser from Moving into Dance (MID), Evelyn , choreographed by Smangaliso Ngwenya as well as Petticoat Princess, choreographed by Thamsanqa Tshabalala.

Furthermore, the dance season will include an exhibition showcase by David April as well as an array of masterclasses facilitated by Sonya Radebe, Roseline Wilkens and panel discussions supported by the STAND Foundation, ASSITEJ South Africa and the South African Dance Alliance.  

UJ Arts & Culture is invested in supporting and rebuilding the Johannesburg dance community, re-energising audiences, and celebrating the world-class dance that the city has always produced. “Active engagement and audience building is essential for the dance and theatre sector to flourish in South Africa. JOBURG MOVES aims to do just that by fostering a sense of community, collaboration and collective participation,” says van Niekerk. “Moreover, this platform will introduce existing audiences to new dimensions and avenues of Johannesburg dance, enriching their overall cultural experience.” 

As mentioned above, the season will include a diverse range of dance companies, independent choreographers, artists, and organisations offering a rich tapestry of performances, a dance photography exhibition, masterclasses, workshops and an array of panel discussions. With a strong emphasis on inclusivity while targeting youth and educational establishments, JOBURG MOVES will provide young talent with the opportunity to connect with industry leaders, to showcase their skills, and to immerse themselves in Johannesburg’s vibrant dance scene. 

Marketing Manager of UJ Arts & Culture, Lakin Morgan-Baatjies says, “It is our collective responsibility to create, maintain and sustain a vibrant and engaged audience for dance that will support a revived passion for dance in the city.”

Join us at the JOBURG MOVES Dance Season opening Tuesday 23 April to Friday 26 April 2024 at the UJ Arts Centre as we celebrate and reignite the spirit of dance and creativity.  

Tickets are available at: https://uj.plankton.mobi/Events/EventBooking/7c93787c-cc50-4240-940e-f189d7c6e697  

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