South African Dancer, Londiwe Khoza Selected As A Protege In Global Programme

Londiwe Khoza

South African Londiwe Khoza has become one of just seven young artists from all around the world to earn a year of intense mentorship with a renowned master in the 2016–2017 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.“Khoza was selected by Israeli mentor Ohad Naharin, in the category of dance,” said Rebecca Irvin, Head of Philanthropy at Rolex.

“The 22-year-old has been recognised over the past five years for her exceptional talent in neoclassical and contemporary dance, as well as her dramatic skills. Khoza is a soloist at the Cape Dance Company and also studies at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. She recently performed with the Joburg Ballet, one of the country’s most prestigious ballet companies, and has returned to the Cape Dance Company until July 2016.”

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The Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative launched in 2002 and brings together some of the best artists in the world with protégés in seven disciplines – architecture, literature, film, music, visual arts, theatre and dance.

The search spans all across the world and Khoza came out tops. She is the third South African to be selected. ara Foot (theatre) who is currently the Director and CEO of the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and Nicholas Hlobo (visual arts) who has become a well-known sculptor who has had several international exhibitions have both come through the system.Khoza joined the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (Capa) on a full scholarship and after completeing matric, she began a full-time course at Capa in 2012.

She has performed in renowned productions such as Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker Suite, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty and The Firebird. Her next performance with Cape Dance Company will be at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown when she will perform in A Thousand Shepherds on July 2 and 3.

“With this thrilling opportunity, I hope to explore the potential within myself that’s locked away somewhere. I hope to explore movement, different ways in which things are said. Learn the tricks of the trade from a man, Ohad Naharin, who has so much to give and who could teach me so much. I am so honoured to have been selected by Mr Naharin,” said Khoza.


Source: The South African

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