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Call For Applications: Artists In Residence

The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) Choreographic Incubator 2016 @ Ebhudlweni Arts Centre







In 2016 The Forgotten Angle Theater Collaborative (FATC) established a new rurally based Dance Centre, Ebhudlweni, in Emakhazeni, Mpumalanga. The Centre is poised to become a vital, unique and vibrant hub within the South African and international dance landscape. With the support for RMB FATC @ Ebhudlweni will be offering, fully funded, exciting 3-week residency opportunities to 6 South African Dance practitioners. These programs are also open to National and International Artists who are able to “pay their own way”.


The ethos driving the development of Ebhudlweni echoes the pay-off line of the province in which it will be based, that being: “Mpumalanga - A Pioneering Spirit”. Through its 20-year history FATC has been recognized for its artistic and professional excellence and for the pioneering of socially responsible work. It continues this pioneering spirit in its wide range of programs from Ebhudwleni Arts Centre in Mpumalanga.


The province of Mpumalanga, which means ‘place of the rising sun’ has some of the greatest historic, scenic and wildlife diversity in South Africa. It’s many San Rock Art paintings indicate that it has long been a space in which people have interacted with the environment to open the window into human experience. As the meeting point of many cultures including the Swazi, Ndebele and Shangane people it has also always been a space of connection that leads to a rich cultural diversity. The Dance Centre seeks to draw on the province’s history of connection and a rich cultural heritage in making it a space of new connections, networks and enrichment both socially and economically.


Creative Research and Studio residencies:


In 2016 FATC is offering 6 fully supported residency opportunities for South African Dance/Physical Theatre practitioners led by FATC’s visionary directors PJ Sabbagha, Fana Tshablalala and guest Industry Specialists including Athena Mazarakis.


FATC is also able to accommodate additional National and International artists who are able to “pay their own”. A total cost of R 12 000,00 will cover all accommodation, 3 meals a day, visits to local heritage sites and Johannesburg – Mpumalanga transfers.


FATC will be bringing together successful applicants for a 3 week period, to share, explore, collaborate and create.


Residency Program 1: 4th to 23rd April 2016

Residency program 2: 18th July to 6th August 2016

  • The Artists in Residence (AIR’s) will be accommodated through the Residency as well as have access to studio space.
  • Fully equipped and serviced “Rustic” / Basic Accommodation will include:
  • Shared rooms depending on number of final intake.
  • Self-catering & cooking/preparing meals together/groceries provided.

Studios include:

  • 1 x studio 10 x 13m
  • 1 x studio 8 x 6m
  • Studios have sprung floors with dance mats
  • Limited WIFI access.
  • Renewable energy sources
  • The entire centre is powered through solar and wind energy so residents are encouraged to use power sparingly.
  • Hot water through solar/gas geysers and wood fires.

AIRS will engage in a program that includes:

  • Morning technique class Facilitated by FATC’s full time team including PJ Sabbagha, Fana Tshabalala, Thulani Chauke and guests including Athena Mazarakis and other leading industry professionals.
  • Choreographic and Creative workshops facilitated by FATC team and guests.
  • Time for own creative research
  • Time for in studio collaborations to create new works with other AIR’s
  • Facilitation of classes and workshops for other AIR’s
  • Exchange and sharing of Skills, Challenges and insights with other AIR’s.
  • Tuesday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm in teams of 2 accompanied by FATC facilitators AIR’s will lead workshops with community based artists and cultural groups in 4 surrounding towns.
  • On Saturday’s the full team will facilitate workshops with children at the Belfast Children’s home, between at ages of 3 to 19 years old.
  • AIR’s will be taken to visit exciting and stimulating cultural and natural heritage sites as part of the creative research processes.


  • Creation of new collaborative works
  • Presentation of collaborative works in performance at Community centres and FATC Ebhudlweni Arts centre.
  • Engagement and interaction with Rural Arts, culture and heritage
  • New Networks and future collaborations



Submit your CV, Visual references (eg. Vimeo/Youtube links), samples of press clippings, 2 x reference letters and a letter of motivation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 31st January 2016.


Please indicate clearly which residency program you would like to apply for. You may apply for both, however will only be selected for one of the two if you are successful. Also please indicate if your are applying for a “funded” position or “pay your own way”.


Interested applicants who are able to “pay their own way” are also welcome to propose alternative dates. FAT@Ebhudwleni will be welcoming group applications.


As accommodation / rooms are shared please note:


1. When selecting FATC will need to ensure that we have a balanced number of Male and Female applicants.


2. You may apply as a group of to 2 to 4 people.


“Funded” and “pay your own way” covers:


  • Return travel from JHB.
  • Funded positions include Return Travel from Home Town.
  • Serviced Self Catering Shared Accommodation
  • Studio costs
  • Groceries for 3 meals a day
  • Local travel to projects and site visits
  • Funded AIR’s receive a small weekly honorarium




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