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South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala in France

24 Sept – 20 Dec 2014
Fana in KLAPs small studio Marseille rehearsing Man
South African choreographer, teacher and dancer, Fana Tshabalala, has chosen dance as a medium to express himself and some of the issues that people face.

Following several residencies and performances in France in the last few years, he joins again French choreographer Michel Kelemenis in his Marseille's dance house KLAP for a residency leading to the premiere of his solo creation “Man”. This piece will be performed on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October at Klap and on Tuesday 28 October at Preljocaj’s Pavillon Noir. 

Tshabalala’s “Man” is inspired by an ideal kind of a “Man“ within society and how the roles and responsibilities have changed throughout years, leaving man in a state of bewilderment. A “Man” in a society is expected to be brave, industrious and domineering and if this is not achieved, most “Man” end up losing their image and ego as a dominant figure in society. 

In this work, Tshabalala explores the roles of “Man”: 
a strong and muscular being more cliché in a modern society, 
the new type of “Man” gentle, sensitive, caring, 
the “Man” who is not afraid of giving vent to his feelings, 
the “Man” who, when in need, will put a shoulder burden of taking care of the next person. 
The choreographer also looks at how the 20 years freedom have affected the role of a “Man” within South Africa and how this has given indirect platforms to our leaders to become what they are today.
In December, fellow dancer Thulani Chauke performs his duet “Between us” at KLAP on Wednesday 3 December at 19h30 and Thursday 4 December at 14h00 and 21h00.

Click here to check out his latest video from France!
More about Fana Tshabalala
Fana Tshabalala is the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Dance. Fana started his career within the performing industry by being involved in different community groups such as Vuku Zenzele Cultural Group (Assistant Director), Sonqoba Cultural Group (Performer), Pheelo Dance Company (Dancer), Motswako Performing Artists (Performer) and he was a Dance director in Vuka African Artists. He also worked with Vaal Sounds Chorus as Dancer.
He was accepted as a student to be part of the MIDM FETC in Performing Arts. As part of his studies he choreographed a solo dance work entitled “As it is two in one”, which he also performed as part of the FNB Dance Umbrella’s Stepping Stones in 2007. The following year he presented his solo entitled “Ukunxanwa” at the FNB Dance Umbrella.

In 2009-2010 he got a chance to work with French choreographer Michel Kelemenis for the period of six months, in his work with Kelemenis he learnt and performed the role of Anatom in “L’Amoureuse de Monsieur Muscle’ the work toured around France, reaching places like, Nancy, Marseille, Nancy, Dunkerque and many more. He also worked with Kelemenis on his Solo titled “That side”. Fana was also privileged to present his work entitled “Lost and Found” alongside “That side” in Avignon. Fana also facilitated dance workshops for different schools and artists in France.
In 2011 he choreographed a group work entitled “Fractured” together with Moving Into Dance Mophatong’s professional company. The worked was performed at the Dance Umbrella as part of the main programme. He also performed his solo entitled “Lost and Found’ at the Francophonic organized by the French Institute of South Africa.
Fana was also involved in an international choreographic workshop that took place in Johannesburg. In 2011 he performed his new solo at the New Dance Festival, the work is entitled ‘Une Rupture’. The work has been performed again in France at the Klap maison pour la Danse/Kelemenis & cie and Centre Choregraphique National de Caen/Basse-Narmandie.
Fana was in residency in France working on his new commissioned work titled “Gates of Hell” which was performed as a duet in February 2012 at the Dance Umbrella. This work was also presented in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
In 2012, Fana joined The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative as a professional company member where he choreographed ‘Between Us.’
In 2013 as Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance, Fana Tshabalala will choreograph and present a new work Indumba at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Indumba was presented at Jomba! in Durban and Arts Alive in Johannesburg. Furthermore, Fana toured ‘Between Us’ and ‘Gates of Hell’ to France as part of his 3 month residency with Kelemenis & cie and Centre National de la Danse (CND).
Fana is currently a professional company member of the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and Assistant Artistic Director.
Photo: Fana Tshabalala in KLAP's small studio Marseille rehearsing Man


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