Lulu Mlangeni residency announced
Two years ago the Market Theatre Foundation took a decision to create a platform for emerging story tellers. The residency allows them the opportunity to utilise the space and receive technical support which will help them in honing their creative voices for future projects. The first recipient of the Residency was Jeff Tshabalala and his company Ub’Dope.
Jeff’s residency was one that challenged the traditional form of content creation as he explored the relationship between audience. He introduced an interactive game shows that required patron participatory as part of his learnings and product.
The 2021 recipient is choreographer and dancer Lulu Mlangeni. She was given a nod for her brave and explosive dance style by the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Lulu will use the time of her residency at the Market Theatre creating her piece for upcoming National Arts Festival in Makhanda.
The 6-month residency is aimed at supporting artists at every stage of their careers, from emerging artists to mid-career and established theatremakers. Although the sector is still facing difficulties the need to carry on with the Residency Program is crucial. The Market Theatre Foundation will identify two young people from different pockets of the industry every year who will be awarded the Residency.
Kippies will again be the home where the creative magic will happen.
Lulu Mlangeni biography:
Lulu Prudence Mlangeni is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the years she has worked with prominent local and international artists, script writers, and directors like Gregory Maqoma, Luyanda Sidiya, PJ Shabbaga, Nelisiwe Xaba, James Ngcobo, Darren Hayward, Sibongile Khumalo and Hugh Masekela just to name a few.
Mlangeni has performed in places like Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Switzerland, Brazil, France, Mozambique, Botswana, Mexico, Russia, USA, Germany, Madagascar, Reunion Ireland and many more. She is an award winner for The Most Outstanding Female Dancer 2007 in Contemporary Style for the Dance Umbrella Festival. She was commissioned to stage her first solo work piece for the Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg in 2011.
She is the winner of a reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 South Africa in 2010 and was a choreographer for the season 3 show. She is a nominee for the Naledi Awards in 2010 and presented three awards in 2016. In 2014, she was named the first recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Voice Award supported by the Market Theatre at the Naledi Awards.
In 2017 her choreographic skills and work ethic landed her more opportunities. Mlangeni was one the creators for Big City Big Dreams, a collaboration between three major companies in Johannesburg, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Moving into Dance and Joburg Ballet. She was further commissioned to be a choreographer and a performer for the Children’s Monologues, directed by James Ngcobo and produced by Mfundi Vundla.
Mlangeni was invited as collaborator with Julian Arguelles (British Musician and Arranger) and iComplete vocal quartet (South Africa) choreographed dance movements for the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra concert that took place at Ridehuset Vester Alle (Denmark) in July 2017.
In 2018 she was commissioned by the Market Theatre as a Director/Choreographer to stage Confined as part of the Department of Arts and Culture incubator Project.
In the same year, she was also commissioned by the Playhouse as a Director/Choreographer to stage Scars a new work created for the South African Woman’s Art Festival for The Playhouse.
Mlangeni was the RMB Starlight Classics from 2018 till 2020 Assistance Director and the Choreographer. She was an Assistance Stage Director for Mzansi viewer’s choice awards in 2018/2019, the Pandora Awards, The Voice South Africa Season 3, All under Darren Hayward.
In 2019, she choreographed and directed her latest work called The Encounter staged at the Market Theatre and commissioned by the National Art Counsel Grant.
Mlangeni has also been invited by The Centre for The Less Good Idea founded by William Kentridge in season 3 and season 5 as a dancer/choreographer.
She co-choreographed with Luyanda Sidiya for the Presidential Inauguration in May 2019 at Loftus Stadium alongside James Ngcobo as a Director.
Mlangeni is also the Standard Bank Artist Award Winner in Dance for 2020.
For further information, interviews and images, contact:
Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist, Market Theatre
011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867