NAC Dance

Gregory Maqoma, Creative Director, Producer and Dancer, Vuyani Dance Theatre

English Mar 01, 2023 29:29 Download

About the episode

Cathy chats with internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma on the eve of the National Arts Centre presentation of Broken Chord, a work created in collaboration with composer and musical director Thuthuka Sibisi and inspired by the multi-media installation The African Choir 1891: Re-imagined. Gregory speaks of his upbringing in Soweto, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa, and how he channeled the trauma he experienced and witnessed through dance. Wanting to be part of the solution, he creates works that explores the human condition and our relationship to the earth, works that evoke and provoke emotions and inspire discourse, feeling greatest pride in seeing audiences take in and appreciate it and changing perceptions.