Buya

MATHETA Dances believes that dance is a language of the spirit with the power to impact and uplift people. “Buya” is no exception, as it tells the story of healing through the power of community. “Buya” is a meditation on absence: how one deals with the ebbing feelings that stem from abandonment. Each of the six sections embodies a different stage of grief; the first–“Bare”–is an expression of anger and indignation while processing shock, the last–“Storm”–is a display of fortitude and tenacity while reaching for peace.

  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration (minutes): 35mins
  • Ages: Any age
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Choreographer: Khensani Mathebula
Dancers: Tyler Clark, Caleb Austin, Dayzjah Thomas, and Terri Wright
Photographer Emily Lewin

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Khensani Mathebula

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Khensani Mathebula founded MATHETA Dance in 2017, with aspirations to build its presence in both the States and South Africa. She is a modern dancer who was discovered in Johannesburg by international guest, Ana Marie Forsythe, and recruited to the competitive Ailey School/Fordham University BFA program in New York City. She graduated cum laude as a double major in Dance (as a select Independent Study Choreographer) and Political Science. She danced with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and performed works by noteworthy choreographers including Ronald K. Brown, Matthew Rushing, Michael Leon Thomas and Vincent Mantsoe, as well as Alvin Ailey in his classic work “Memoria” at New York City Center Theater, before going on to start her own company. MATHETA Dance took residency with CUNY Dance Initiative at Brooklyn College in 2018, and the Ardsley Choreographic Residency in 2019, and has performed in numerous festivals around New York City including Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Battery Dance Festival, and Dance Gallery Festival. Most recently the Company was asked to return for the 2021 Virtual Ardsley Residency.