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FNB VITA DANCE WINNERS (article first published : 2001-09-16)

The nominees and winners of the FNB Vita Contemporary Choreography & Dance Awards 2000/ 2001: Durban were announced at a function held at the NSA Gallery on Thursday, August 30.

For Best Performance by a Male Dancer in a Contemporary Style, the nominees were Boyzie Cekwana for Shift; Mzokothula Gasa for Tell You Territories; Ebrahim Medell for Romeo and Juliet; Sandile Mbili for Laws of Recall and Vusi Thabethe for Borrowed Words. The winner was Boyzie Cekwana.

For Best Performance by a Female Dancer in a Contemporary Style the nominees were Ondine Bello for Arrive; Desire Davids for Shift; Mary – Ann de Wet for Romeo and Juliet and Facing South; Ntombifuthi Gasa for Neworks, Imbumba 2001 and Laws of Recall and Moya Michael for Shifting Rites. The winner was Mary–Ann de Wet for Romeo and Juliet.

For Most Promising Performance by a Male Dancer in a Contemporary Style, the nominees were Sithembiso Gcabashe in No Boundary, No Space; Khululekhane Gwanegwane for Neworks and Romeo and Juliet; Musa Hlatshwayo for Inspired by Bach and Desmond Nguza for No Boundary, No Space. The award went to Sithembiso Gcabashe.

In the category Most Promising Performance by a Female Dancer in a Contemporary Style, the nominees were Ntombi Madikwa for Imbuma 2001 and Shikase Rampather for Inspired by Bach. The award went to Shikase Rampather.

For Best Choreography, the nominees were, Boyzie Cekwana for Shift; David Gouldie for Borrowed Words and Measure Up; Mark Hawkins and David Gouldie for Romeo and Juliet; Sbonakaliso Ndaba for Sarabande for a Journey and Arrive and Jay Pather for Enterexit and Rites. The award went to Mark Hawkins and David Gouldie for Romeo and Juliet.

The FNB Vita Special Award this year goes to someone who has been committed both as a dancer and a teacher in Durban for almost twenty years. She has enthralled audiences since joining The Playhouse Dance Company as a junior dancer right up to her final performance this year in Romeo and Juliet. Mary–Ann de Wet has given much to Durban with love and so we return that gift with this acknowledgement: an FNB Vita Special Award for her huge contribution to dance in Durban.

The FNB Vita Contemporary Choreography & Dance Judges 2000/2001 were: Dr Sally–Ann Goodall, Lynne Goodman, Suria Govendor, Lynn Maree, Gerard Samuel and Patrick Zungu.




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