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
OVER 22 YEARS OF:
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:
- Personal Empowerment
- Finding your own creative voice
- Human beings come first
- Personal and social healing
- Speaking the Unspeakable
- Learning to listen closely
- This is a project that serves individuals (irrespective of background) and the communities they represent.
- This project will lead to a greater sense of compassion and understanding of all individuals and their roles in society.
- This project will empower individuals with the ability, skills and capacity to create their own opportunities and develop a sense of purpose.
- This project is about learning to engage all our faculties (intellectual, emotional and physical) in nurturing positive, dynamic and productive interactions with those around us.
INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL EXPOSURE AND RESIDENCIES
- Bamako, Mali (in competition Danse l’Afrique Danse, 2010)
- Cape Town, Infecting the City Festival (February 2014 and 2015)
- Voorkamerfees, Darling and Artscape (September 2015)
- 12 African cities tour: Francophonie celebration: Fana Tshabalala’s duet Between Us performs in a double-bill with a solo by Marcel Gbeffa (Benin) in Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gabon, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda (March 28 – May 12, 2015)
- France (Paris, Challon, Aix en Provence)
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Maputo, Mozambique
- Marrakesh, Morocco
- Tunis, Tunisia
- Mexico (eight city tour of Sabbagha’s Back in collaboration with Dada Masilo & Lulu Mlangeni)
- Amsterdam and The Hague
- Moscow, Yaraslav and Kostromo, Russia
- Antananarivo, Madagascar
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Dance Umbrella
- Georgina Thomson’s New Dance Festival
- National Arts Festival
- Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience
- Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance:
- Tracey Human (2001)
- P J Sabbagha (2005)
- Fana Tshabalala (2013)
- 2008 MEC Award for Most Outstanding Presentation of a New Work: Macbeth
- Nominated for the 2008 Gauteng MEC Awards for Best Choreography and Most Outstanding Presentation of a new work: Macbeth and Back
- 2006 Arts and Culture Gauteng MEC’s Award for Choreographer of the Year and Best Choreographer: Still Here!
- 2005 FNB Vita Award for most Outstanding Presentation of an Original South African Contemporary Dance work: The Double Room.
- Finalist for the 2002 Daimler Chrysler Award for Choreography: Sero Conversions
- Nominated for 2003 and 2004 FNB Vita Award for Choreographer of the year and most Outstanding Presentation of an Original South African Contemporary Dance work for: Canto Hondo, Just You Just Me, and Noah’s Phobia.
- Recipient of the 1995 FNB Vita Young Choreographers Grant.
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
- When Life Happens: HIV and AIDS arts and culture festival 2002 to 2008
- Dansbytes 2011: works by Tracey Human, Dada Masilo, Nicholas Aphane, Lulu Mlangeni, and Songezo Mcilizeli
- Dansbytes 2012: Fana Tshabalala, Thulani Chauke, Charlie van Rooyen, Craig Morris, Shanell Winlock, Athena Mazarakis, Ivan Teme
- Dansbytes 2013: Thulani Chauke, Ivan Teme, Thami Majela, Charlie Van Rooyen
- Queerbytes 2014
- Springloaded 2014: platform for new choreography hosted by FATC at the Con Cowan Theatre in collaboration with Moving into Dance Mophatong, Sibikwa and Vuyani Dance Theatre
- Spring Re-loaded 2016: Integrated Dance Training and collaborative project with Moving into Dance Mophatong, Sibikwa and Vuyandi Dance Theatre
- My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival Ekurhuleni 2015, Emakhazeni 2016 and 2017
- Extended Rural Outreach Programs – Free State, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga – 2012 to 2017
- Mpumalanga Arts Project: Mpumalanga 2015
- AIR: Artist in Residency programmes, Mpumalanga 2015 to present
- YALP: Youth in Arts Leadership Programme, Mpumalanga 2015 to present
“Special thanks to Adrienne Sichel for contribution to this content”