“Would I choose to be gay if know I’ll be minority, and be pounded for it?” @FATCT_SA @UJArtsCentre #H28

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H28 – Love in a time of hammers will be staged in Johannesburg at the Con Cowan Theatre. There will be three performances only – 30 October at 7.30pm, 31 October at 7.30pm and 1 November at 3pm. Tickets cost R50 and can be booked via pj@forgottenangle.co.za or purchased at the door.

Please note there is an age restriction of 16 years and under.

For more details visit www.forgottenangle.co.za or find the FATC on facebook.

Since its inception in January 1995 FATC has enjoyed an extremely busy and prolific career. FATC has been instrumental in collaborating with an extensive number of South Africa’s leading contemporary dance and theatre professionals (including Greg Maqoma, Shanell Winlock, Sello Pessa, Moeketsi Koena, Athena Mazarakis, Craig Morris, Gys DeVilliers, David Minaar, Jennifer Ferguson, Neli Xaba, Boyzie Cekwana, Gladys Agulhus, Timoth Le Roux, Gerard Bester, Irene Stephanou and many more). FATC has consistently collaborated with performers, choreographers, educators and theatre practitioners to present top quality theatre and training programs at both a national and an international level.

FATC and its collaborating artist have repeatedly been recognized for their excellence in the field of contemporary South African choreography and performance through numerous awards and nominations. FATC has committed itself to creating contemporary South African dance theatre that focuses on questioning and investigating critical personal and social issues. As a result of this work FATC has become acknowledged as South Africa’s leading contemporary dance company in addressing the overwhelming presence of HIV and AIDS in contemporary South African society. FATC has been referred to as a leading voice in the emergence of the new South African “protest/struggle” and issue based dance theatre.

FATC has recently begun enjoying a busy international touring season and exchange projects with performances and residencies in Russia, Holland, Mexico, Tanzania, Mali, Madagascar, Mozambique, Reunion Islands, France and Taiwan.  Furthermore, individual company member are also enjoying growing international solo performance opportunities.  FATC has been integral in launching the professional careers of artist such as the International celebrated Dada Masilo.

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 founding  member and Artistic Director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and the Annual When Life Happens: HIV and AIDS arts and Culture. PJ was the recipient of the 2005 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance and the 2006 F.N.B. Dance Umbrella (Gauteng MEC for Arts and Culture) award for Best Choreography for his work Still Here. As well as the 2005 and 2009 awards for Most Outstanding presentation for a new work for The Double Room and Macbeth respectively. Sabbagha has received extensive nominations for the then F.N.B. Vita Awards and the F.N.B.  Dance Umbrella awards. PJ was also nominated for the prestigious Daimler Chrysler Award for dance. Furthermore in 1995 PJ was voted top South African Artist and in the top 10 of The Star Tonight’s annual top 100 South Africans. Sabbagha was also recognized for his contribution to South African Arts and Culture through his nomination for and participation in the Amstel Salute to Success. PJ 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.  PJ’s work has been shown at festivals and theatres and participated in residencies in Russia, Mexico, Holland, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique and Taiwan.

 

FATC is consistently dedicated to forging new collaborations and partnerships. This project sees a new collaboration being born across borders and disciplines which truly excites out company and speak to vision of the company past and future. The work promises to be a deeply moving and provocative statement on the issues of Gay Rights in Africa that will combine thought provoking statements with exceptional dance and choreography.

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