Boyzie Cekwana and Panaibra Canda
Soweto born Boyzie lives and works in South Africa. Along with some of his peers, he is part of an artistitic noise for developing a voice for contemporary dance practice and scholarship in Africa. For two editions, he was Artistic Director of the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival in Durban, South Africa. He is a key player in the creation of a regional, southern African collaborative with artists in Mozambique, the DRC and South Africa. A keenness for addressing questions to the perceived historic imbalances that bequeath Africa with the devilry of a lingering, obstinate and atrocious legacy, has led him to persist in working to develop his work in this regard, as well as advance the development projects in the Southern African region.
Panaibra Canda, was born in Maputo, had artistic training in theatre, music and dance. He received additional training in contemporary dance Lisbon. He started to develop his artistic projects since 1993. In 1998 he created CulturArte, and been developing many artistic projects, including creations, showcases and training projects to encourage a local dance scene development. He also develops collaboration with artists in southern Africa and Europe, as well collaborating with artists of other disciplines. His work has been presented in Africa, Europe, USA and Latin America, Some of his works were awarded in Paris at African choreographic meeting in Paris/ France-2006, Zurich 2008 a ZKB Patronage Prize in Zurich/ and the Sylt Quelle Cultural Award for Southern Africa 2009, a Germany encouraging cultural prize.