PJ Sabbagha is a South African choreographer whose name has become synonymous with issue-based dance theatre and, more specifically, HIV and Aids-focused art. Sabbagha is a founding member and Artistic Director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative.
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. He was also awarded the 2005 and 2009 awards for Most Outstanding presentation of a new work for The Double Room and Macbeth respectively. Sabbagha has received extensive nominations for the then FNB Vita Awards and the FNB Dance Umbrella Awards.
Sabbagha was also nominated for the prestigious Daimler Chrysler Award for dance. In 1995 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 infectious diseases. Sabbagha’s work has been shown at festivals and theatres across the globe in countries which include Russia, Mexico, Holland, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and Taiwan.