Itrotra Art X Connection

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Duration: 45mins 31sec
  • Age Recommendation: All Ages
  • Genre: Performance Art
  • Language: n/a

The work explores the links that connect the real and unreal through photography, music and dance. Create a link between today’s world and the past through the ancestral history of each country. Using the three elements: body, music and the projected images as a source of expression of today’s world in relation with time and space. The body in its environment adapts, deforms, lives. What about its survival? A body in motion, a body such as an image, body as a mirror, a mirror as carrying the reality or bearer image that we want to give to our body. Does the mirror is real or imaginary? When you listen, it will reply the needs, but what is it when it’s bruised, wounded…? The body that we are in control, that expresses, the body that’s hurting, hurts… And this instinctive body! The choice of using the images in 3 Dimension on fine fibers screens so that the images go from present to future in space and nourish the relationship between performers, audience and space for the projected images.

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Concept & Choreography: Moeketsi Koena, Gaby Saranouffi

Interpretation: Gaby Saranouffi, Moeketsi Koena, Denis Rion and Nandele Maguni

Music Composition: Nandele Maguni

Lighting Design, Videography & Photography: Denis Rion

Costume Design: Keaoleboga Seodigeng


Moeketsi Koena

Moeketsi is the co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of newly incorporated Itrotra Art X Connection, a newly registered arts platform. He also founded Inzalo Dance Theatre Company (IDTC) and also serve as Associate Artistic Director for Madagascar’s International Dance Festival I’Trôtra. Moeketsi is professional dancer, teacher and choreographer with various institutions and dance companies in South Africa and Europe, including the Pretoria Technikon and the Artisjok Nutwintig Youth Organisation in Amsterdam.

Koena’s work as dancer and choreographer is an original fusion of South African Hip Hop (Kwaito), African Dance and Western Contemporary Dance. He continues to develop in his interest in finding a way of matching dancing and other art forms in his choreography and teaching.
Koena studied African Dance with the late legendary Jackie Semela, Artistic Director of Soweto Dance Theatre (SDT) from 1990 to 1993, and during this time concurrently completed a one year Community Dance Teachers Training Course, as well as two Diplomas in Dance Performance with the Moving into Dance (MID). In 1995 and 1996 he studied at the Dance Academy of Tilburg in the Netherlands and from 1997 to 1998 at the Performing Arts Research Training Studios in Brussels in Belgium.

He has attended dance and choreographic workshops with reputable performing arts practitioners, the likes of Alfred Hinkel (Jazz Art Dance Company) South Africa, Debbie Rakusin (One Up On Jazz), Shapiro and Smith Dance Company USA and Robyn Orlin South Africa, as well as with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City and the Bates College Dance Festival in Maine, USA.

Moeketsi has danced, choreographed and taught for Soweto Dance Theatre, Moving into Dance, the Pretoria Technikon Dance Department, the Royal Academy of Dance, the FNB Vita Dance (Umdoda), and the Highveld Schools Festival, FNB Vita Dance Umbrella, the Tilburg Dance Academy and other platforms around Africa (including the Indian Ocean and Caribbean Islands. i.e. Seychelles and Guinea), Asia, Europe and USA.

He was nominated twice for Most Promising Male Dancer for Dance Umbrella AA Vita and IGI Vita Awards in 1992 and 1993, and nominated twice for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for the Dance Umbrella FNB Awards, in 1994 and 1995. A third nomination came in 1997, which finally earned him the FNB Vita Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer. Koena was subsequently also commissioned by FNB Vita to choreograph for the Dance Umbrella 2001-3 installments.


Gaby is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Dance Festival “I’TRÔTRA” and VAHINALA Company in Madagascar, she lives and works both in Madagascar and South Africa.

She worked at the Malagasy Ministry of Culture and Heritage as a Cultural Attachẻ under the direction of Mrs. Elisa Razafitombo Alibena, Minister of Culture and Heritage. She was decorated and received a medal of “Knights of the Order of Art and Letters and Culture” by the honorable Minister of Culture and Heritage on the 8th March 2012 during the celebration of “Women’s Day”.

Gaby Saranouffi is one of the most important female pioneering artist who have marked the history of dance in Madagascar. She has set up in her country a new strategic concept of a cultural policy that has benefited the people of Madagascar and has opened doors to many Malagasy artists.

In 2002, she began an artistic collaboration with the South African choreographer Moeketsi Koena, artistic director of INZALO Dance and Theatre company (South Africa) and create work together «Blame me Blind».

In 2004, she initiated a choreographic and music workshops ” I’TRôTRA “, a platform for exchanges and cultural meetings between Malagasy and international artists, which was developed into an International Contemporary Dance Festival in Madagascar. It should be noted that the I’TRÔTRA festival has become the referent platform for the Malagasy art form, becoming a unifying structure of talents and artists of all kinds and this is not only in the dance field but also for all people working in the field of performing arts.

In July 2007, she was selected by the Malagasy Government, to choreograph the official opening and closing of the “Olympic Games of the Indian Ocean” ceremonies.

The Malagasy media was selecting her in February 2008 as ” Artist of the Year 2007″ in ‘Dance’ category , which makes her to be included amongst the 10 people who most contributed to the development of the Malagasy country.

The 8th March 2012, she was leading a debate discussion about the theme of “Feminine Cultural Entrepreneurship in Madagascar” under the project of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.