Mandela’s Dancers

Oral Histories of Program Participants and Organizers


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About the Book

The role of dance and music in the struggle against South Africa’s apartheid regime is well documented. This book explores a special chapter in the history of post-liberation South Africa. In 1993, Lady Anya Sainsbury, a former ballerina at the Royal Ballet in London, met Nelson Mandela at a party in South Africa. Out of this meeting came the dance scholarship program at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, which provided 22 South African dance students the opportunity to study in London from 1994 to 2005.
Drawing on archival photographs and personal recollections, the author highlights the personal experiences of six of those dancers and Mandela’s significance for contemporary dance.

About the Author(s)

Historian and award-winning dance filmmaker Rodreguez King-Dorset, is a former researcher in performing arts at the University of Cambridge’s Centre of African Studies. Currently, he is a visiting professor of ethnomusicology at the Global Institute in London.

Bibliographic Details

Rodreguez King-Dorset
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 45 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9986-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2407-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword by Anya Sainsbury 1

Preface 3

Introduction 5

1. Richard Glasstone—Teacher 7

2. Anya Sainsbury—Patron and Teacher 18

3. Ross McKim—Former Principal/Artistic Director, Rambert School 34

4. John Moabi—Dancer 46

5. Andile Sotiya—Dancer 55

6. Dane Hurst—Dancer 66

7. Hendrick January—Dancer 71

8. Andrea Schermoly—Dancer 76

9. Penelope Thloloe—Dancer 86

10. Nelisiwe Xaba—Dancer/Performer 93

11. Elouise Sauer—Dancer 101

12. Patricia Okenwa—Dancer 113

13. Vivienne Rochester—Teacher 117

14. Barry Ganberg—Musician/Head of Music 134

15. Hope Keelan—Ballet Teacher 151

16. Corrine Bougaard—Artistic Director/Producer/Performer/Choreographer/Lecturer 156

17. Nicholas Dromgoole—Critic 165

18. Where Did the Blackness Go? 174

Conclusion 188

Appendix 191

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 195

Index 197