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LONDON SCHOLARSHIP (article first published : 2000-07-23)

As part of the Britain Dancing With Durban season arranged by the British Council from July to September this year, a five-day workshop process begins tomorrow (July 24) culminating in an audition on July 29 at which two KZN dancers will be chosen to study for one year at the London Contemporary Dance School.

This has been made possible by the kind sponsorship of Rio Tinto in association with Richard's Bay Minerals. One of the world's leading mine companies, Rio Tinto has a long association with South Africa through its business in Phalaborwa and Richard's Bay. It has provided assistance to the London Contemporary Dance School over a number of years and the collaboration with Richard's Bay Minerals to assist two talented dancers to study with the school in London is a natural extension of this commitment to the LCDS and dance.

Through the Britain Dancing with Durban project, the British Council aims to support development of dance education, training and professional practice in South Africa by nurturing co-operation between South African and UK artists and organisations. The workshops form the first events in the programme. They will be conducted by Veronica Lewis, MBE, Director of the London Contemporary Dance School and Sue MacLennan, the school's lecturer in choreography. One of the world's leading vocational schools for dance, its graduates are working in almost all the world's leading dance companies.

Participation was called for by the British Council from dancers in KZN and 32 dancers will be participating in the workshops which will take place in Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company’s studio at Mayville. They are Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Sbongile Buthelezi, Rochelle Edelstein, Reginald Nkonzo Goba, Suria Govender, Melanie Govindsamy, Roslynne Hill, Kate Holden, Levinia Jones, Sfiso Khumalo, Lisa Lonero, Marion Loudon, Hansa Maharaj, Alicia Mahomet, Taryn Makaab, Thokozani Makhoba, Estelle Manuel, Priscilla Maphumulo, Sizolwenkosi Masango, Makhosi Mbatha, Ceaser Mkhize, Siyabonga Mkhombe, Shalani Moodley, Mdu Mtshali, Bongiwe Ndlovu, Sibusisiwe Ngubane, Kimendhri Pillay, Sylvester Ramaselo, Shiksha Rampathar, Linda Reeve, Zanele Simelane and Jabulani Zwane.

During this week, Sue MacLennan will also present a talk entitled Tapping My Resources where she will talk about her award-winning work and screen videos documenting her 20 years as a leading UK choreographer. This will be of particular interest to dancers and choreographers interested in collaborations with visual artists and contemporary composers. The talk will be held on July 27 from 16h30 to 18h00 at Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Studio, 16 Saxon Road (off Bruro Crescent) in Mayville. More details from Amanda Jones at the British Council on (031) 305-7356.




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