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DANCE UMBRELLA WINNERS (article first published : 2004-03-22)

The winners of the MEC Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Pick of the FNB Dance Umbrella Stepping Stones Awards 2004, have been announced as follows:

The two winners of these prestigious awards are Jacob Boetie Mokoena for his work Imvula and Linda Lee Mhlongo for Uhuru-Times and Spaces. Mokoena has worked for Soweto Youth Drama Society for the past five years as a project programmer co-ordinator; he trained at the Market Theatre Laboratory and has worked with Free Flight Dance Company, amongst others. Linda Lee Mhlongo has studied film and TV, drama, ballet, and creative movement with Sibikwa Theatre and Dance Academy. She has attended various contemporary dance workshops as well as worked as a dancer choreographer with Tribhangi Dance Theatre. She is currently the Artistic Director of LeeRhuleni production Company. Both winners will receive an amount of R5,000.

The recipients of the Phillip Stein Choreographers Grant for the FNB Dance Umbrella 2005 are Athena Mazarakis from Johannesburg and Hlengiwe Lushaba from Durban. Over the past three years, both these young choreographers have produced new work that is challenging and interesting. Mazarakis is currently a lecturer at Wits School of Drama as well as a free-lance dancer choreographers and Hlengiwe works commercially as a singer and dancer, in between her choreographic works. Both will premiere a new work at the FNB Dance Umbrella 2005.




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