Biography of Gregory Vuyani Maqoma

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma started his dance training in 1990 at Moving into Dance. From then on he established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, director, and scriptwriter for his works. When he founded Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1999 Greg was at the Performing Arts Research and Training School (PARTS) in Belgium. Some works in his VDT repertoire have won him accolades. Among the awards in his name are: FNB Vita Choreographer of the Year in 1999 and 2002 for Rhythm 1.2.3 and Southern Comfort respectively. He got the Standard Bank Young Artist award in 2002. Maqoma was finalist in the Daimler Chrysler Choreography Award in 2002 and in the Rolex Mentorship Programme in 2003. Over the years, Maqoma has been hooked for residency directorships at some institutions outside South Africa and created his second trilogy based on beauty. In 2006 and 2007 Maqoma won the Gauteng MEC Award for his work Beautiful US and Beautiful Me respectively. He collaborated with the British based Choreographer Akram Khan with the London Symphonietta to the music of Steve Reich. He also created Neon Flight for South African Ballet Theatre, which premiered in Russia in June. Maqoma’s work has been seen in Africa, Europe, USA and South America. He was Associate Artistic director for FNB Dance Umbrella Festival 2010 and The Artistic Director of the Afro-Vibes Festival in the Netherlands and UK.  He began his ongoing collaboration with theatre director James Ngcobo in 2008 with ‘The Lion and the Jewel’, “The Hill” by Zakes Mda .In 2009 collaborated with James Ngcobo on “Crazy for Jazz” and “Thirst” .Maqoma was the head choreographer for the World Summit of Arts & Culture and presented ‘3 Colours’ with Brett Bailey. In 2010 choreographer for a Hugh Masekela project  “Songs of Migration” produced by the Market Theatre and collaboration with James Ngcobo on the adaptation of “Master Harold and the Boys” produced by Theatre on the Square. Maqoma has been selected as head choreographer for the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert to be held in Johannesburg, Soweto, his birth place, in June 2010. In 2011 collaborated on “Sunjata” with James Ngcobo produced by the Market Theatre. Maqoma has created repertoire for Moving into Dance, Jazzart Company, South African Ballet Theatre, and Cape Performing Arts amongst others.

 

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