PJ Sabbagha KEYNOTE DIALOGUE

PJ Sabbagha KEYNOTE DIALOGUE

(with David April)

Biography: PJ Sabbagha

PJ Sabbagha is a South African choreographer, whose name has become synonymous with issue-based dance theatre. Sabbagha is a founding member and Artistic Director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, Managing Director of the Ebhudlweni Arts Center and Artistic Director of the Annual My Body My Space Rural Public Arts Festival. Sabbagha was the recipient of the 2005 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance and the 2006 FNB Dance Umbrella (Gauteng MEC for Arts and Culture) award for Best Choreography for his work, Still Here. In 2005 he was voted top South African Artist and was also placed in the top 10 of The Star Tonight’s annual top 100 South Africans. He was also recognized for his contribution to South African Arts and Culture through his nomination for and participation in the Amstel Salute to Success. He has travelled across the USA, as a guest of the US State Department, as part of the 2007 International Visitors Leadership Program investigating HIV and AIDS and other communicable diseases. In 2017 Sabbagha visited France as a guest of the French Ministry of Culture and Communications as part of a Seminar Focusing Arts and Culture in Service of Community and Territorial Development. Sabbagha’s work has been shown at festivals and theatres across the globe in countries that include Russia, Mexico, Holland, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and Taiwan.