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Friday, February 19, 2021


(Zinhle Nzama & Siseko Duba. Pic by Val Adamson)

In their recent Love the Arts feature, Publicity Matters got to spend time with two contemporary dancers, Zinhle Nzama and Siseko Duba.

Both of these powerful, expressive dancers are with the main FLATFOOT Dance Company. Zinhle has been performing with FLATFOOT for seven years now and Siseko joined the Newlands township dance development programme in 2010 and in 2019, after being part of FLATFOOT ADD professional skills development dance programme that began in 2013, was offered a position in the main company.

The company has a long history performing in JOMBA!, the annual dance showcase hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts performed at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

What do you love about performing?

ZN: I love the adrenaline, the power of feeling free and the beautiful ability of being able to tell stories with my body. Performing, for me is the sense of being home

SD: I love the freedom of being in my body and of being able to entertain people!

When last where you actually part of a life performance?

Both: 21 February, 2020

If you could change anything for 2021 – what would it be OR What do you wish for in 2021?

ZN: I wish for space to seriously get back to work, to exercise my creativity. I wish our government would notice us and know that we exist (even while we are still waiting in the wings) and to be granted the ability to very simply continue to make a living as an artist.

SD: I would wish the end of COVID so that we can have the freedom to get back to work and the freedom to continue our journey as growing artists in South Africa. I would wish our government would understand that artists are healers and maybe support us more – at a time when we need so much healing of the body and the spirit!