About Vuyani Dance Company

Vuyani Dance Company (VDC) is a newly created corporate venture that was born out of the original non-profit organisation Vuyani Dance Theatre, which remains the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) entity. This internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company has B-BBEE level 4 contributor status.

“Vuyani’s groundbreaking work has put it at the forefront of our country’s creative achievements. It has enough energy and promise and accumulated skill to continue to energise and inspire for another 10 years, another 20 years and perhaps even 100 years.”

Justice Edwin Cameron
(Constitutional Court of South Africa)

 

In addition to its acclaimed and award-winning theatrical works, the company has created and choreographed works for corporates including Audi, De Beers Shining Light Awards, RMB, Eskom, Metro FM Awards, Teachers Awards, the ANC centenary celebration musical Tshihimbudzo, Group 5 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup pre-opening concert. The company has scooped several national and international awards for its choreography and staging.

The Board welcomes the new corporate entity, Vuyani Dance Company, as a progressive step to address issues of sustainability and job creation in the arts and maintain the wonderful CSI work that the dancers continue to carry out at grassroots level.

 

The Executive Director, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, founded Vuyani Dance Theatre in 1999 as a playground for artistic development, coupled with a strong outreach programme.

The year 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of VDC’s cutting-edge theatrical works, which have been presented in major cities across the globe including Paris, Lagos, Harare, Gaborone, Windhoek, Auckland, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, Barcelona, Kalamata and Singapore.

Over the years, VDC has worked with world-class artists such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Simphiwe Dana, Salif Keita, Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys.

 

Credits: Vuyani Dance Company

Chairperson
of the board of directors

Thandiwe Msibi

Board members

Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa
Vonani Mathebula, CA (SA)
Dumo Mbethe, CA (SA)

Board secretary

Teboho Moleko

Executive director

Gregory Maqoma

Artistic director

Luyanda Sidiya

Finance administrator

Nonkululeko Thabede

Financial Operations Officer

Lindiwe Letwaba

Admin assistant

Shawn Mothupi

Technical assistant

Wesley Mabizela

Patrons

Justice Edwin Cameron
Advocate Nomvula Mokhatla
Dr Sibongile Khumalo

Message from the Chairperson

A good story to tell indeed…

As I reflect back to the beginning of the current Vuyani Board’s tenure in 2009, the reality of the global economy in chaos had just begun to spread throughout the world. The local grant funding environment was beginning to feel these vibrations in earnest. However, having said that, the grant funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund allowed Vuyani to keep its doors open and even though it was a tough road, the entity survived and persevered.

A fundamental decision that the Board took has always been at the heart of the Vuyani strategy, which is decreasing its reliance on grant funding and ensuring that the organisation instead starts generating income from commercial work. This was a difficult mandate that management took in its stride and delivered against, whilst creating a legacy of quality that has allowed this smooth transition.

The South African economy in the past 20 years tells of a country that has been resilient and truly has a good story to tell. It tells of a gross domestic product that has almost tripled from $136 billion to $385 billion since 1994. .

An increase in the black middle class has been cited as one of the key fundamental shifts in our economy: this segment of the population rose from 1.7 million people in 2004 to 4.2 million in 2012. 

However, despite all these positives, the country’s arts sector continues to face significant challenges. This includes audience participation: developing the new 4.2 million-strong black middle class into active participants in the creative economy is key among Vuyani’s priorities. The company’s envisaged move from Johannesburg’s inner city to the heart of Soweto will play a significant role in ensuring that Vuyani delivers on this mandate.
The resolution to form a social enterprise within a profit-making structure will see Vuyani contributing and becoming a leading example in how it addresses inequality and unemployment in the arts. This vision, we believe, will be attained by Vuyani being held up as the best black performance company in the country and – if we may be so bold as to say it – on the continent.

Yes – it’s a good story to tell, and we salute Vuyani Dance Theatre for being the foundation that has allowed it. Since Vuyani Dance Theatre remains as the socio-economic developmental arm of the new Vuyani Dance Company, it’s a story we can all be proud of.

That’s Vuyani in a nutshell: an African gem shaping its own destiny and creating shared value for our communities, business partners and the future generations that their work belongs to

Thandiwe Msibi
Chairperson: Vuyani Dance Company Board of Directors

Vuyani Dance Company 2014 ©
 
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An internationally acclaimed
world class contemporary
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