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DURBAN DANCE AWARDS (article first published : 2001-09-22)

The nominees and winners of the FNB Vita Contemporary Choreography and Dance Awards 2000/2001 Durban were announced at the end of August.

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

For Best Performance by a Female Dancer in a Contemporary Style the nominees were Ondine Bello (Arrive); Desire Davids (Shift); Mary-Ann de Wet (Romeo and Juliet and Facing South); Ntombifuthi Gasa (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 (No Boundary, No Space); Khululekhane Gwanegwane (Neworks and Romeo and Juliet); Musa Hlatshwayo (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 f(Imbuma 2001) and Shikase Rampather (Inspired by Bach). The award went to Shikase Rampather.

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

The FNB Vita Special Award this year was presented to Mary-Ann de Wet who has been committed both as a dancer and a teacher in Durban for almost 20 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. The award was in acknowledgement 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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