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Saturday, March 16, 2013


Siwela Sonke recently invited the public to its home where the company have trained for 10 years for an afternoon of exclusive dance theatre at the Siwela Sonke Dance Studio in Albany Grove, Durban Central.

2013 marks the 16th year of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre’s existence. As a non-profit organisation, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre has managed to maintain an active presence in the South African Dance community for the past 10 years.

Initiated by The Playhouse Company in Durban in 1994, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre (SSDT) is a professional dance theatre company that emerged from a training and development programme for black dancers with no access to training opportunities. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Jay Pather, the Company has since toured internationally with performances in the Netherlands, Denmark, India and more. Locally, the company has performed in festivals such as Infecting the City in Cape Town, Danse L’Afrique Danse and Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg. The company also conducts community outreach projects teaching learners in the townships and rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

The studio showcase programme consisted of five new short dance works choreographed and conceptualised by the members of the professional Company and trainees. SSDT also took this opportunity to showcase works devised with the development programme featuring learners from Umlazi, Kwamachu, Chesterville, Lindelani and Christiansburg School. In addition there will also be a performance by members of the senior citizens dance class, a new initiative at SSDT.

Works included on the programme were:

1. Howcome? – Choreographed by Ntombi Gasa
2. Uthando Lwamanga – Choreographed by Siyabonga Mhlongo
3. Same Difference – Choreographed by Mxolisi Nkomonde
4. The Compliment of Temptation – Choreographed by Sandile Mkhize
5. Mama Waka – Choreographed by Neliswa Rushualang
6. SSDT Trainee Showcase - Performed by Thando Mbanjwa and Mandisa Ndlovu
7. Development Programme Performance

Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre Studio is situated at 103 Salbany, 50 Albany Grove, Durban. More information on 031 307 6685 or email:

Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre is sponsored by the National Arts Council of South Africa.