ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Sifiso E Kweyama has been appointed as Artistic Director as of 1 April 2015.

 

He has an extensive history with Jazzart Dance Theatre since 1992 where he choreographed a season of works with the company. In 1998 he was assistant choreographer for the production, Duck ‘n Dance in the Artscape Arena and remounted Jazzart’s award-winning work Bolero for the Cape Youth Dance Company. In 1999 he co-choreographed the annual season Vlam II in the Artscape Arena, directed by Mark Fleishman. In 2000 he co-choreographed the annual season Last Dance in the Artscape Arena with Alfred Hinkel, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and John Linden. He co-choreographed the musical production, Moya WaSechaba – The Spirit of the Nation in the Artscape Opera House with Sibongile Khumalo and Zip-Zap Circus and Evita for Artscape. He also remounted Umoya WoMzansi for Ballet Theatre Afrikan and Repertory Dance Company in Utah Salt Lake City.

 

After spending nine years with Jazzart Dance Theatre, Kweyama moved to Johannesburg where he continued doing what he loves best. Whilst in Johannesburg he staged plays such as the Rivonia Trial and  The Suite Case. In addition, he created dance works for Tshwane University of Technology, Flatfoot Dance Company, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Tshwane Dance Theatre and Moving into Dance - Mophatong where he worked as a Company Manger for three years.


Kweyama brings back his experience of teaching to Cape Town after being involved with Tshwane University of Technology and Pretoria University lecturing in African dance and Contemporary dance respectively. He has been invited by the University of Southern California and University of South Florida to lecture in dance.

 

The new training programme starting off with the audition process will commence following his arrival. This will provide credence to Jazzart’s training programme. In addition, he has been a dancer, teacher and choreographer locally and internationally being involved in various campaigns instrumental in encouraging young adults to dance.


He brings with him a flexible, innovative, and meticulous flair who thrives under pressure and is self-confident, humble and action-oriented with a penchant eye for detail. His experience within the preparation for numerous festivals both administratively and creatively are most welcomed. His accolades extend to the 2013 Choreographer of the Year Award at the KwaZulu-Natal Dance Link Awards  in honour of his work, Ngichaze – Define (Flatfoot Dance Company). In 2011, he was voted by the Mail & Guardian as one of the top ten South African choreographers.

 

Kweyama has participated in high profile performances when he danced in-front of South African President Nelson Mandela and President Thabo Mbeki during their reign as presidents. He has worked with artists such as Ray Phiri, Zuluboy, Jerry Mofokeng, Tina Schouw, Heather Mac, Themba Mkhize and Sbongile Khumalo.  His international works have extended to Beirut, Palestine, Jordan, Harare, Germany, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Angola to name a few for numerous contemporary dance competitions and arts festivals. We welcome his return to Cape Town where he will apply his particular blend of Zulu African heritage to dance, arts and culture in South Africa.