Azishe! Festival 2016


Choreographers: Andile Vellem, Aphiwe Mpahleni, Charmonay Anthony, Darion Adams & Tanzley Jooste, Duncan Maphanga, John Linden, Mziyanda Mancam, Shamieg Allie & Adam Malebo, Sifiso Kweyama, Simo Tuku & Adam Malebo, Thandile Mandela & Elvis Sibeko, Tracey September, Vusi Makanya, Vuyiseka Dyani & Phelisa Shicani (Poet)


 25 – 27 February 2016 at Artscape Theatre



Jazzart is proud to have presented the 7th Azishe Festival


The festival was presented at Artscape Theatre from 25 to 27 February 2016. In commemoration of the 40 years since the Youth uprising in 1976, this year’s festival is dedicated to the youth of South Africa so that their journey carries the rich legacy of our past.


Jazzart’s commitment to social change through dance provides this collaborative platform for young aspiring dancers to express their creative passions. This year, the Jazzart trainees and selected trainees from Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy, 34/18 Youth Dance Company, Dance For All InSPIRAtions Youth Company and UCT School of Dance take to the stage and perform together in the well-received piece called ‘The Road’, choreographed by Mziyanda Mancam, Jazzart’s Resident Teacher and directed by Jazzart’s Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama.

Jazzart’s local Outreach Programme’s participants, Thandile Mandela’s Traditional Music Group, Art and Events Emporium, Devolution Dance Group, Amy Biehl Foundation, Ghanima Community Development, Eerste River Community Dancers and the scholars of Zonnebloem High School will showcase their inspiring performances with Unmute Dance Company, Garage Dance Ensemble from Okiep and the Kwamashu School of Dance from Durban.


Undoubtedly, audiences saw exquisite performances where a constellation of dancers reveal their talent in various dance styles that range from contemporary, hip hop to pantsula. This installation marks our youth’s contribution towards the creative economy, making Cape Town one of the leaders in South African Dance.