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FNB VITA DANCE AWARDS (article first published : 2003-03-17)

The winners of the FNB Vita Contemporary Choreography and Dance Awards, Gauteng for 2002 have been announced.

The recipients of the Philip Stein Choreographers Grant for 2003 are Durbanís Lliane Loots from the Flatfoot Dance Company and Portia Mashigo from the Lebohang Dance Project who is currently working with the Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company.

Thabo Rapoo from Moving Into Dance Mophatong won the award for Most Promising Male Dancer in a Contemporary Style, for his performance in an untitled work as well as in Genesis and Danceformation and Cementation. Khabo Qubeka. Won the female counterpart of this award for Ek sÍ Hola! and Sonke Sisonke/Every Body.

Luthando Ntsodo in Junction won the award.For Most Outstanding Male Dancer in a Contemporary Style. The winner in the female category was Durbanís Desire Davids in The Suit and Ja, Nee.

The trio of Alfred Hinkel, John Linden and Dawn Langdown scooped the award for Most Outstanding Presentation of an Original Contemporary Work as well as Best Choreography in a Contemporary Style for Junction. Jazzart won Best Ensemble Cast for the same production.

The Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC Developmental Awards were also announced: Gilbert Mashite from Daveyton won for his work "The Impossible", choreographed for Gilbert Mashite Dance Theatre. The second winner was Nkosana Mzolo for the Soweto Youth Drama Society's "Imvula". Both of these works were featured on the FNB Dance Umbrella Stepping Stones programmes. The winners will share the award money of R15,000.

Georgina Thomson from FNB Dance Umbrella announced that this was the last time the FNB Vita awards would be presented.

FNB has launched a new initiative in their place whereby the bank will sponsor a full-length work to the tune of R40,000 for the 2004 FNB Dance Umbrella festival. Established choreographers with at least five years experience will be invited to send in proposals and the FNB Dance Umbrella board will select one choreographer from the applications.

More information from 011 442 8435, fax 011 442 8523 or 082 570 3083 or e-mail: fnbvita@mweb.co.za or visit www.artslink.co.za




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