| Marijke Willems

Gregory Maqoma

Dancer, choreographer and teacher, Gregory Maqoma is considered to be one of the most talented artists of the new generation in South Africa. Born in Johannesburg in 1973, he began his career with Moving into Dance, a company founded by Sylvia Glasser, an artist who has done much to promote exchange and dialogue between artists from different cultures.

In 1994, his first creation for the company won the FNB Vita Pick of the Fringe award; a year later, he was awarded a prize, this time in the Stepping Stones category. In 1998, he received a grant to create Layers of Time, his last work with Moving into Dance. In 1999, he founded the Vuyani Dance Theater.

Gregory Maqoma created the piece Rhythm 1.2.3 for which he was elected choreographer of the year 2000 by the Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg. The same year, he choreographed Rhythm Blues, collaborated with Faustin Linyekula for the project Tales of the Mud Wall presented at the ImPuls-Tanz festival in Vienna and participated in the project New Directions for the Standard Bank National Arts Festival.

At the Centre national de la danse (France), he presented Southern Comfort in 2002, Miss Thandi in 2003 and Beautiful in 2005, the first part of a series of works, which concludes Beautiful Me. We also saw Gregory Maqoma in the dazzling Variations for Vibes, Strings & Pianos, choreographed by Akram Khan, on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the American composer Steve Reich in 2006 at the Cité de la Musique with the London Sinfonietta.

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