Nurturing the creative leaders of the future
Moving into Dance (MID) is proud to announce the appointment of Sunnyboy Motau and Oscar Buthelezi as Associate Artistic Directors.
Exciting changes are underway for 43-year-old Moving into Dance (MID) as we proudly announce the appointment of Sunnyboy Mandla Motau and Oscar Nhlanhla Buthelezi as joint Associate Artistic Directors. At an official briefing session MID Chair, Hilton Lawler, said, “The nurturing of African leaders is part of MID’s mission, and this appointment speaks to the organic development of Sunnyboy and Oscar who are now ready to move this organisation into a new creative era.”
Sunnyboy Mandla Motau
Hailing from Alexandra, Sunnyboy remains invested in the development of his home township through dance, and the belief that dance truly brings hope as he is proof of that fact. Having joined MID in 2008 as a student, Sunnyboy is now a highly commissioned choreographer and sought after facilitator nationally and internationally. He has won the ImpAct Award for Choreography in 2016 and was also named among the Mail and Guardians top 100 young people to watch.
He said, “If I could say it in words, then there would be no reason to dance. At MID I have grown to be a responsible, artistic being and a leader. I have learnt to master not only movement and choreography but the teaching and development of dance entrepreneurs through my 13 years at here. This appointment is another milestone for me as I continue to grow the MID name as an Associate Artistic Director.”
Oscar Nhlanhla Buthelezi
If there is a story to be told of how passion and motivation can drive success, then Oscar’s story speaks to that point. Having joined MID as a student in 2010, he now has two International Choreography awards under his belt (The Kurt Jooss Choreography Award in 2016 and The Hannover 33 Choreography Competition in 2019), and is a widely commissioned choreographer. His most valued choreographic achievement would be “The Color Purple” for which he won a Naledi Award in 2019. Hailing from Vosloorus Oscar continues to teach traditional dance in his community and is the lead facilitator for Indlamu at MID.
He said, “Thank you so much to everyone who saw value in me for the joint position of Associate Artistic Director. I feel so honoured and humbled by this position and the responsibility given. I am open to learn and also give my all to bring colour, shape and more success to the MID dance company and see MID take the world by storm. Power to MID!”
Nadia Virasamy, CEO of MID said, “I feel honoured that in my time at MID I have seen these young men begin their training at MID and now fill a position that so many aspire to but few achieve. Well done Sunnyboy and Oscar; your hard work, commitment and loyalty has been rewarded.”
About Moving into Dance
Moving into Dance (MID) was born in the cruel turbulence of 1978 Apartheid South Africa. It was an artistic response by Sylvia Glasser to the destructive policy of separateness. The vision was to draw on the creative capacity of the human spirit to connect, enliven, and transcend. Dance as antidote to division. Four decades later continuing our signature of Afrofusion Dance; we continue this legacy. We Lead. We Learn. We Include. We Return. We Lead through a professional company that has produced artists who have been recognised through numerous awards both at home and abroad. We Learn through our accredited Performing Arts Training Course and internships that have produced dancers of the highest calibre. We Include through continued social justice activism. Enable through Dance is a project that seeks to disrupt societal narratives around disability by bringing abled and so-called disabled bodied dancers together to explore unexplored creative potential. Importantly, we also Return. Community is core to our identities as human beings and Africans. And so we go back, give back, by sharing the gifts of this experience and learning with others. The value of this organisation in aiding social justice can never be understated. It is with this background that we continue to do what we do as an enabler of purpose and a dealer of hope.
For further information please contact Nadia on 083 267 5084 (office hours) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued by Moving into Dance www.midance.co.za