The 1995 FNB Vita Awards for original choreography and dance in contemporary style were presented last month after the final gala performance of the 1996 FNB Vita Dance Umbrella.
All choreographers and performers in contemporary danceworks staged in the greater Johannesburg area during 1995 were eligible, including those works presented in individual choreographer's seasons, dance companies' seasons and on the 1995 Dance Umbrella.
Two special FNB Vita awards were made to individuals who, each in their own way, have taken contemporary dance in South Africa forward. They are Carly Dibakoane for his lifetime commitment to the growth and development of dance and for his generosity of spirit in encouraging and enabling his protegs to grow, and to Robyn Orlin for her constant innovation and enormous influence as choreographer and teacher on the face of South African contemporary dance.
A new award for the most outstanding presentation of an original contemporary dance work was given to Adele Blank and Christopher Kindo for their work, The Lark.
The award for most promising female dancer in contemporary style went to Sibongile Ngubeni and that of most promising male dancer in the same category was split between John Moabi for his performance in In This Heart and Shion Unser of the Playhouse Dance Company in Interlude.
The awards for most outstanding male and female dancers in contemporary style went to John Heitor and Denise Stephani respectively.
Boyzie Cekwana and Vincent Matsoe, who both started their choreographic careers on the Dance Umbrella in 1994, were each presented with full awards in the choreographer of the year category.
Several Pick of the Stepping Stones awards, taken from the Stepping Stones programme of the Dance Umbrella were also presented.
DANCE POWER FROM THE JDT
The top contemporary dance company, Johannesburg Dance Theatre, will present Dance Power at the BAT Centre from April 2 to 11 at 20h00 (including Good Friday and Easter Sunday).
Yolisa Linils and Harold Mothetsi in
"Our Dance, our Culture"
Ubuntu - a new contemporary/African dance piece, choreographed by Graham Davies, integrates the use of African ethnic vocal sounds and drum rhythms.
Jeanette Ginslov's Do or Die is set to music by George Crumb and uses saw-dust as well as dance theatre technique.
Love is a Killing Thing (two paths of passion) is created by Denise Stephani, 1996 FNB Vita award winner for most outstanding female dancer in contem
porary style. The work focuses on the double standards in treatment of women and is set to the music of Enigma and Sheila Chandra.
Fantasy on a Highveld Winter was choreographed by Corinna Lowry (director of JDT) to music by Peter Klatzow. African Wind was conceived by David Seperepere and worked on by the whole company using the theme of wind.