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Wednesday, October 4, 2017


(Sifiso Majola)

Lliane Loots, the creative director of Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company has released the sad news of the death of dancer, Sifiso Majola.

“It is with extreme sorrow that I write to let you all know of the passing of Sifiso Majola on Tuesday 3 October 2017. Majola (as we all called him in FLATFOOT) was a friend, a colleague, a dancer, a teacher and choreographer whose work touched many lives. His dedication to his work and his professional attitude in rehearsals are going to be deeply missed; as will be his ready ability to laugh and find the humour in difficult situations (and those many cold beers after rehearsals!).

Majola was a born and raised a KwaMashu boy who began his dance career with Phenduka Dance Theatre in 2001 under the training of Sifiso Kweyama, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Ondine Bello. While training at Phenduka, he developed into an extremely accomplished performer and expressed himself as a serious and dedicated student with a very strong sense of personal and professional discipline, appearing in the 2002 Daimler Chrysler award-winning work When the outside Comes In choreographed by Sbonakaliso Ndaba.

Majola also worked for a long stint of his formative career with Gary Gordon and Acty Tang in the First Physical Theatre Company in Grahamstown. He joined FLATFOOT in 2012 and spent 5 significant years with the company helping grow not just their professional performance work but also their large dance development and community engagement programmes. He has touched hundreds of lives as dancer, choreographer and teacher. In 2016 he ‘retired’ from FLATFOOT and decided to pursue a freelance career often coming into FLATFOOT for various on-going projects. He remained (and remains) a member of FLATFOOT’s family.

We have lost a son, a brother and a friend, and one of Durban’s finest and most profound contemporary dancers. FLATFOOT is in deep mourning for the loss of our beloved Majola, and our collective hearts go out to his family. Lala Kahle Majola!. We love you and miss you, and may you continue to dance with the angels.”

Details on a memorial will be posted as they become clearer.