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Winner of the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance

Thandazile Radebe
Phumlani Nyanga (courtesy of Vuyani Dance Theatre)
Thabo Kobeli

Matthew McFarlane
Tlale Makhene

Choreographer: Thandazile Radebe
Dramaturg and Musical Director: Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Lighting and Set Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen
Costume and Prop Designer: Noluthando Lobese Moropa

Sabela is an African contemporary dance piece inspired by our names as human being. What they mean to us, how they carry us and how we carry them as we journey in life. Sabela seeks to encourage consciousness of one’s rightful existence in the space of life no matter where you are or who you are… It seeks to reaffirm that in us lays an answer for why you are here. Sabela seeks to instil hope in the modern world by reminding people about the truth that might be placed like an unknown candle burning under their beds.

“We ourselves – “the light of the world…”
“We ourselves – “the bread of life…”
“We ourselves – “the way, the truth and the life”

All reduced to ID Numbers, Student Numbers, Employee Numbers, Prison Numbers, Patient number, Force Number, Military Service Number, Finger Prints, Bar Codes and Biometrics. In our artistic approach, we use the complex doctrine of the Christian’s holy trinity “In the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit”. The giver/s of the name; the bearer of the name.

Our names
They carry signs and symbols, words and phrases, times and places, events and history
They stand behind our families, our faces, our songs, our script and paintings
They are makers of our circle of life
They are the ones we go look for
They are the ones we come back to
They walk the deserts, woods, oceans, cities on our behalf
They have a potential to guide (uMelusi), to concur (uNqobile), to heal (uSphilile), to educate (Thuto) to inspire (Kgothatso)
They are a thread that connects the realm of the living, the dead and the yet to be born
They are a liminal threshold where the past, present and future collides
They are the ones we pray and praise
Igama lami ngingu Thandazile
Wena ungubani Igama lakho

Thandazile Radebe is an award winning choreographer, contemporary dancer and a dance teacher. Graduate in Theory and Practice of Dance Teaching from Moving Into Dance Mophatong 2003. Over 12 years of professional performance in dance, dance theatre, and Dance in Education. Her extraordinary work as a performer has been seen in Africa, USA, and Europe. Of note, is her ability to perform and choreograph witty yet emotionally charged dance work. Her versatility as an artist has seen her working with numerous multi-awarding winning artists including the late Jackie Semela, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, Rhodessa Jones, Sylvia Glasser, Vincent Mantsoe, Jay Pather, Dada Masilo, Robyn Orlin, Mark Hawkins and many more.  She is the Artistic Director of Song and Dance Works.

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