• Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!

  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

Sello Pesa at the Dance Umbrella 2015

Newtown Cultural Precinct
Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March @ 18:30

sello pesa 300 wide

South African artist Sello Pesa from Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Company presents his latest work "Simunye: We are one..." at the international dance festival Dance Umbrella. To create this work, the choreographer collaborated with French researcher Dominique Malaquais.

Sello Pesa’s new creation delves into the subject of patriotism, examining what makes up the “Rainbow Nation”. The work looks at what it means to be a South African and who South Africans are. Is it only through legal citizenship that one becomes truly South African? Or do the acts of living, working and contributing to the economy, in fact make one South African?

Dance Umbrella 2015, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, will offer Joburgers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover, experience and enjoy contemporary dance on all levels. New local and international works will take over the city with dance happening all over Jozi. A highlight of the 2015 festival is the strong focus on female choreographers. Since Dance Umbrella’s inception male choreographers have dominated the contemporary dance scene … but over the past years this has shifted. Dance Umbrella 2015 will focus on and celebrate both the established and the young up-and-coming female choreographers who will share the programme with their male counterparts. More

About Sello Pesa 
Sello Pesa is a Soweto born choreographer and dancer interested in the changes and challenges that arise from living in South Africa and is greatly respected locally and overseas. He has been inspired by diverse South African choreographers and spent four years touring South Africa and Europe with the late Jackie Mbuyisela Semela’s Soweto Dance Theatre. More

About Dominique Malaquais
Dominique Malaquais (Ph.D. Columbia University, New York City) is a scholar and writer. Her work focuses on intersections between emergent urban cultures, global, late capitalist market forces and political and economic violence in African cities. She is currently based in France, where she holds the position of Senior Researcher at CNRS - the National Science Research Centre, Paris.

About Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre

Ntsoana is a dance collective who generates and implements projects framed within socio-political concepts, committed to exploring the diverse and evolving South African cultures and cultural practices through the medium of contemporary dance. More

Arts & Culture - Theatre Dance Performing Arts

  • jomba festival banner
    Theatre / Dance / Performing Arts

    The 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience - Durban from 23 Aug to 3 Sept

    For this year's 19th edition, the annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience presented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts will takes place in Durban from 23 August to 3 September. This year's festival promises a feast for dance and theatre lovers over 12 days with a… Read more
  • AlchemyOfWords-Signature
    Theatre / Dance / Performing Arts

    The Alchemy of Words is touring Southern Africa in Sept/Oct

    After the premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, The Alchemy of Words will be touring Southern Africa - Durban, Maseru, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maputo and Sasolburg! This multi-media performance about the life and work of French poet Arthur Rimbaud combines sand animation, live… Read more
  • ZooM-0218
    Theatre / Dance / Performing Arts

    The Alchemy of Words - National Arts Festival

    The Alchemy of Words in avant-premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown! This multi-media performance about the life and work of French poet Arthur Rimbaud combines sand animation, live animation, music and puppetry. I am now making myself as scummy as I can. Why? I want to be a poet,… Read more

Follow us:


Join the Culture Newsletter


Tel. (+27) 11 403 0458
Fax. (+27) 11 403 0465