Contemporary dance to quicken the pulses in Pretoria


Ras Tindo and Roseline Keppler perform in Standard Bank Young Artist winner for dance, Luyanda Sidiya’s (director and choreographer) production, Siva (Seven),at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Siva is performed by the Vuyani Dance Theatre. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

A STIRRING music and dance spectacle awaits audiences when Vuyani Dance Theatre stages Luyanda Sidiya’s acclaimed theatrical work SIVA (Seven) at the South African State Theatre from May 2 to 14.

Steeped in rich spiritual resonances, SIVA premiered at the 2015 National Arts Festival after Sidiya was named the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for dance. It has since played to standing ovations around the country and has even toured to Beijing.

Now, this much-lauded, proudly African contemporary dance piece is heading to Pretoria.

Sidiya, the choreographer and director of the work, served as the artistic director at Vuyani Dance Theatre until 2015. Vuyani is celebrated across the world for its cutting-edge contemporary dance works that give powerful expression to the African idiom and experience.

During its State Theatre season, SIVA will be performed by Vuyani dancers Lulu Mlangeni, Otto Nhlapo, Phumlani Mndebele, Phumlani Nyanga, Nomasonto Radebe, Xolisile Bongwana, Julia Burnham, Roseline Keppler and Edwin Ramoba.

The dancers will be accompanied by a band of live musicians, under the musical direction of Xolisile Bongwana.


SIVA was inspired by the completeness we all seek and the void we experience as human beings,” explains Sidiya. “The number seven is associated with perfection and wholeness, and is regarded as a holy or lucky number. But SIVA is not blocked in a religious or traditional context. Rather, it’s grounded in social issues, enabling audiences to relate to it in various ways and enter into conversations with themselves.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness homegrown contemporary dance at its thrilling best, performed by one of the country’s most respected dance companies.

Book to see SIVA at the Momentum Theatre at the South African State Theatre, at Computicket or visit

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