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CONTEMPORARY DANCE AWARDS (article first published : 1999-10-24)

The FNB Vita1998/99 Contemporary Choreography and Dance awards for the Durban region were awarded last night at the final performance of the Dance Shongololo main programme.

In the categories of most promising male and female contemporary dancer, the awards went to Garth Naudé (other nominees:Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Viabhav Joshi and Mfundo Mabena) and Nicole McCreedy (other nominee: Suhana Gordhan) respectively.

In the category Most Outstanding Performance By A Female Contemporary Dancer the nominees were Mary-Ann de Wet (Kenshin and A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Ntombi Gasa (The Earth has not Forgotten Us), Nicole McCreedy (Crash Test Dummies), Neliswa Rushualang (The Earth has not Forgotten Us and Summertime). The winner was Mary-Ann de Wet for her role in Kenshin)

In the category Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Contemporary Dancer, the nominees were Dean Bennewith (Crash Test Dummies). David Gouldie (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Thulebona Mzizi (Miracle). The winner was Thulebona Mzizi.

Nominees for the Best Choreography Award were Jeanette Ginslov (Walking Against the Wind), David Gouldie (Silent Whispers, Crash Test Dummies and Unfinished Revolution), Lliane Loots (The Earth has not Forgotten Us), Gregory Maqoma (Eden) and Jay Pather (Miracle). The winner was Jeanette Ginslov.

The judges made a special award to The Mercury dance columnist Lliane Loots for “her contribution and commitment towards creating a better understanding of contemporary dance in a South African context through her consistent coverage of this diverse art form”.


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