Fana Tshabalala is the Co-Artistic Director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for dance. Tshabalala started his career by being involved in a number of community groups such as Vuku Zenzele Cultural Group, Sonqoba Cultural Group, Pheelo Dance Company and Vuka African Artists.
He was accepted into the MIDM FETC student programme in Performing Arts. As part of his studies he choreographed a solo entitled As it is two in one which he performed as part of the FNB Dance Umbrella’s Stepping Stones in 2007. The following year he presented his solo entitled Ukunxanwa at the FND Dance Umbrella.
In 2009 and 2010 he got to work with European choreographer Michel Kelemenis for six months. He learnt and performed the role of Anatom in Kelemenis’s L’Amoureuese de Monsieur Muscle, which toured France. Tshabalala also worked with Kelemenis to create his solo That side, which he performed alongside his work Lost and Found in Avignon.
In 2011 he choreographed a work entitled Fractured for the Moving Into Dance Mophatong professional company. The work was performed on the Main Programme of the Dance Umbrella.
Tshabalala has created numerous new works while in residence at Klap in Marseilles, such as Gates of Hell and his recent solo, MAN, which have all enjoyed performances on various international platforms.
He joined The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in 2012 and is currently serving as Co-Artistic Director alongside PJ Sabbagha, and a Director on the management team.
Since joining The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative he has choreographed Between Us (2012), which has toured extensively, as well as his Standard Bank Young Artist Commission, Indumba (2013) which has also appeared on numerous platforms on the continent.
Tshabalala has also worked on a documentary commission by Etv which explores the stereotype of a modern man in society.
In 2015 Tshabalala launches into an African tour of 12 countires with his work, Between Us, which he performs alongside fellow FATC performer, Thulani Chauke.