Azishe! Festival 2015


Choreographers: Louise Coetzer, Maxwell Xolani Rani, Mzo Gasa, Sbonakaliso Ndaba, Sifiso Kweyama, Tandile Mandela & Linda Mandela, Wendi Abrahams


1 - 4 July 2015 at the Artscape Theatre



Jazzart Dance Theatre presented an explosive celebration of dance in Azishe! at Artscape Theatre from 1 to 4 July, where we will showcased a constellation of dance companies to celebrate the African tenet: Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu  (a person is a person because of people).


AZISHE! Translated from isiZulu means “let it burn”; the name is inspired by the energy, passion and hunger to succeed that its young participants have brought the stage since 1999.  In its 6th year, Azishe! continues a decade-long tradition of growing influential and innovative dancers and dance-makers.  It provided a professional performance platform for dance companies to present their work on one stage, showcasing dances styles and disciplines that have made Cape Town a leader in South African Dance.


The dance companies who participated were: Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) Youth Dance Co 34/18, Dance for All InSPIRAtions Youth Company, Artscape and Sibonelo Creative Residency Workshops, Mbekweni Youth Development Programme (MYDP), Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy, UCT School of Dance and Jazzart Dance Theatre.


Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) Youth Dance Co 34/18 performed ‘I am an African’ directed and choreographed by Wendi Abrahams. A contemporary piece set to the poem of Dianne Ferris. This piece used dance to portray and narration to emphasize our being Africans.


The piece performed by Dance for All InSPIRAtions Youth Company ‘These shadows’ directed and choreographed by Louise Coetzer represents the quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”


Artscape and Sibonelo Creative Residency Workshops presented ‘Alkebulan’ directed and choreographed by Mzo Gasa and performed by the students who attend the Sibonelo Dance Project dance and movement classes. The piece is a pure celebration of African contemporary dance and shows the importance of individual as well as team work.


Directed by Tandile Mandela and choreographed by Linda Mandela, Mbekweni Youth Development Programme (MYDP) ‘Indibano’ is a gathering of artwork where African traditional music, dance and poetry was performed together with indigenous instruments. It is this which the ancestors have left for the younger generation to inherit so that the present and future generations of African can take pride in their culture.


Second year and senior students of UCT School of Dance performed ‘Face to Face’ directed and choreographed by Maxwell Xolani Rani. Inspired by the South African ways of embracing ‘black’ contemporary style of moving. The piece challenges the gender stereotypes of strength, power and energy that seem to be rewarded to ‘men’ only.


Jazzart Dance Theatre Sifiso Kweyama directed and choreographed the piece ‘Time’ which represents the premise that Time does not wait for anyone or anything. There are times we miss and there are times we missed in our lives.


Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy presented ‘Inkululeko’ meaning ‘Freedom’. This abstract work directed and choreographed by Sbonakaliso Ndaba evolved in response to the chaos happening behind doors in parliament, of promises undelivered and of the communities exercising their rights to take control as active citizens.