About Us

WHY FORGOTTEN ANGLE? “This speaks to the desire to unlock forgotten narratives and knowledge – to speak to the forgotten and unspoken parts of ourselves and our relationships. It is inspired by writing in Jeanette Winterson’s novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – PJ Sabbagha, Artistic & Managing Director


The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) is one of South Africa’s leading dance organisations. Based at the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre, in rural Mpumalanga, FATC is strongly committed to mobilizing the arts as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. This commitment, emerging from its long history of arts activism, lies at the heart of each project within FATC’s extensive Artistic and Development Programmes.

Since its inception in 1995, FATC has been dedicated to the creation of innovative and provocative South African dance theatre. Under the Artistic Directorship of founder, PJ Sabbagha, FATC has produced a prolific body of work dedicated to the probing of critical personal and social issues. In this way the organisation has emerged as a leading voice within a new wave of South African ‘protest’ or ‘issue-based’ dance theatre. Through its work in the late 1990s and early 2000s FATC was acknowledged as South Africa’s leading contemporary dance company in addressing the overwhelming presence of HIV / AIDS in South African society. The current Artistic Programme of the organisation continues this commitment to interrogating contemporary personal, social and environmental issues.

Since 1995, FATC has collaborated with renowned South African and international dance and theatre artists such as: Gregory Maqoma, Shanell Winlock, Boyzie Cekwana, Sylvaine Strike, Nelisiwe Xaba, Gerard Bester, Jennifer Ferguson, Gladys Agulhas, Irene Stephanou, Sello Pessa, Daniel Buckland, Moeketsi Koena, Athena Mazarakis, Craig Morris, Gys de Villiers, Dawid Minaar, Timothy le Roux, Eric Languet, Concorde Nkabinde (composer), Lucky Kele, Bafikile sedibe, Hlengiwe Lushaba, Gaby Saranouffi, Rudolf Vosser (visual artist), Ivan Estegneev , Evgeny Kulagen, Dada Masilo, Thulani Chauke, Fana Tshabalala and Mamela Nyamza.

FATC’s Artistic Programme has enjoyed a busy national and international touring schedule with projects, performances and residencies in Russia, Holland, Mexico, Tanzania, Mali, Madagascar, Mozambique, Reunion Island, France, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany and Tunisia.

In 2015 FATC relocated its operations to the rural area of Emakhazeni, Mpumalanga, and established the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre. With this move FATC has been able to deliver on its objective to facilitate, develop and advance the role of South African artists, arts organizations, NGOs and Community Based Organizations as progressive and dynamic agents of personal development and societal transformation.

From the Ebhudlweni Arts Centre, the organisation is able to serve its immediate rural community, through arts training programmes and arts experiences as well as the national and international dance industry through residency programmes, large-scale Arts interventions such as the My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival and the creation, performance and touring of its Artistic Programme.


The main business which the organisation is to carry out is the facilitation, development and advancement of a progressive and dynamic socially responsible contemporary theatre, dance and arts culture in both the South African professional and community-based arts industry, as well as the formal and informal education and training sectors.


Each of FATC’s projects and activities are framed by a series of core values and guiding principles which are integrated at all levels of the organisation, from artistic creation to project management:




Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance:

PJ Sabbagha:

FATC Extended Rural Outreach and Development program Funded by RMB and The NAC: winner of the 2013 Southern African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) Dream Builders Award in Arts and Culture

2017 Winner of the Business Arts South Africa Award for Cultural Tourism – in partnership with Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Hotel for the 2016 My Body My Space Public Arts Festival


“Special thanks to Adrienne Sichel for contribution to this content”