Nelisiwe Xaba KEYNOTE DIALOGUE

Nelisiwe Xaba KEYNOTE DIALOGUE

(with Mbongeni Mtshali)

Biography: Nelisiwe Xaba

Nelisiwe Xaba was born in Dube, Soweto. In the early 1990s she received a scholarship to study at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation, as well as the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. Returning to South Africa in 1997, Xaba joined Pact Dance Company and later launched her solo career. She began working with a variety of choreographers, including Robyn Orlin. Xaba has been involved in various multi-media projects, collaborating with visual artists, fashion designers, theatre and television directors, poets and musicians. Xaba’s seminal works such as Plasticization and They Look At Me & That’s All They Think have toured to various parts of the world for the past several years. The latter piece, inspired by the Hottentot Venus (Sara Baartman) saw Xaba collaborate with fashion designer Carlo Gibson of Strangelove.  A performance by Xaba Venus in Venice forms part of Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive at the South African pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Uncles & Angels, a collaboration with Mocke J Van Veuren, gave rise to a stereoscopic film that was awarded the FNB Art Prize in 2013. The latest work from Xaba Bang Bang Wo, a direct translation for HELP in mandarin, premiered at the centre for the less good idea. For the past two years Xaba has been teaching at the Academy De Danza Roma for their second-year master students as part of the Erasmus Staff Mobility Grant.