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The Land We Carry

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When we are living within the cycles of nature, we are healed; to live this authentic truth, interconnection and communication with the natural world is imperative.

When we tell these stories, they begin with the knowledge that we have been here since time immemorial. We are of the Earth. We are formed with and by the land, waters, plants, animals. Our understandings of this place are deeply rooted in our Ancestral knowledge. Though our relationship with land has been interrupted, we have always been here.

All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all we leave behind.

Technical Sheet

Conceived, Choreographed and Performed
Gregory Maqoma
Singer
Simphiwe Sikhakhane
Cellist
Viwe Mkizwana
  • South Africa

Biography

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Author and Creative Director

Born in Soweto, October 16 of 1973, he became interested in dance in the late 1980’s as a means to escape the political tensions growing in his place of birth. He started his formal dance training in 1990 at Moving Into Dance (MID). Maqoma has established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and scriptwriter. He founded Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1999 when he was undertaking a scholarship at the Performing Arts Research and Training School (PARTS) in Belgium.

Maqoma was Associate Artistic Director of MID 2002 - 2006 and for the FNB Dance Umbrella Festival 2010. He was Artistic Director of the Afro-Vibes Festival in the Netherlands and the UK from 2004 - 2010. Maqoma has served on the dance committee of the South African National Arts Festival 2011 – 2017 and curated the Main Dance Festival Program for 2017. He taught at various universities and schools in Africa, USA and Europe including, University of California, Bates College (USA), Bennington College (USA), University of Minnesota (USA), University of Cape Town (RSA), Ecole des Sables (Senegal) amongst others . He has created repertoire for different dance companies internationally, including, Ballet De Lyon , Ballet Black, Via Katlehong amongst others. He was founding Chairperson of the Board of Sustaining Theatre and Dance Foundation (STAND) 2020 – 2022.

Maqoma is a collaborator extraordinaire and has worked with different intergenerational artist on different projects, including Faustin Linyekula, William Kentridge, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and protégé Musa Motha. Some other exciting collaborations was A double launch of Maqoma’s books in two parts, published by Jacana Media during his GM50 Legacy birthday celebration :

  • The Joy Dancer: A picture children book written by Maqoma with Dr. Gcina Mhlophe. A captivating inspirational story of a boy who found the love of dance and through his extraordinary life, a multi award visionary has emerged. This book allows you to feel the magic of his craftsmanship.
  • My Life, My Dance, My Soul - The Story of Gregory Maqoma co-written with Lorato Trok. A dazzling memoir that encourages young adults to embrace their passion, overcome obstacles, and believe in the strength of their dreams. It is a testament to the extraordinary heights that can be reached when one dances to the rhythm of their own soul.

Amongst the illustrious list of  awards he received, Maqoma was honoured by the French Government with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Award 2017, World Dance Day Author 2020, Simon Nkoli Feather Award 2022 and The Artfluence Human Rights Champion Award in recognition of his remarkable career, courage, and commitment to social justice.

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