Lesedi: The rise of Lulu Mlangeni

Lulu Mlangeni, Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance, and Mabu Art Foundation

Lesedi: The Rise of Lulu Mlangeni is a documentary film which provides a window to Standard Bank Young Artist Lulu Mlangeni’s journey into dance.  From her beginnings at Dorah’s Dancers after school classes in Soweto, to working with the prominent Vuyani Dance Company, Lesedi: the Rise of Lulu Mlangeni is a thoughtful reflection on an artist’s talent and dedication brought into the light.  Shot as an ode to what shapes us, to a city alive, Mabu Art Foundation brings a bold and revering lens to Lulu Mlangeni’s story.

  • Genre: Dance
  • Format: Documentary
  • Duration: 30mins
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Available From: July 4, 2020

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Directors : Slindile Mthembu, Kamogelo Nche, Ra($)m Sankofa
Writers: Slindile Mthembu, Kamogelo Nche, Ra($)m Sankofa
Executive Producer: Mabu Art Foundation
Producer: Alvin Knight, Enos Nhlane Manthata
Assistant Producer: Jhadi Quinn
First Assistant Director: Thato Dhladla
Choreographer/ Collaborator: Lulu Mlangeni
Interviewees: Mam’ Dorah Mbokazi, Nelly Mlangeni, Siphosihle Lesedi Mlangeni, Nonkululelo Thabede
Director of Photography: Nyembezi Ncaba
Camera Department: Thami Mnisi, Warren Soqanse
Sound: Mpho Nthangeni
Production Designer: Sandile Maseko
Lighting Designer: Thamisanqa Xhosa
Lighting Assistants: Thomas Rapheso, Thabo Mofokeng
Costume Designer: Neo Serati
Onset Stylist: Larry Asmah
Hair & Make Up: Lungile Mngadi
Onset Photographer: Mvelo Mahlangu
Grip: Keabetswe Mokwena, Luthendo Liphosa

Post-Production Departments
Editing And Grading: Kabi Modiko
Music Composers: Mpho Nthangeni, Wandile Molefe
Voice Over Artists: Lulu Mlangeni, Slindile Mthembu
Vocalist:  Gabi Motuba, Bonginkosi Motha, Kaz The Scribe
Sound Design: Audiophile Post Production
Caterer: Afr’euro Cuisine


Lulu Mlangeni is a dancer, choreographer and a teacher based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the years she has worked with prominent local and international artist, script writers, and directors like Gregory Maqoma, Luyanda Sidiya, PJ Sabbagha, Nelisiwe Xaba, James Ngcobo, Darren Hayward, Sibongile Khumalo and Hugh Masikela to name a few.

Mlangeni has performed nationally and internationally in places like Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Switzerland, brazil, France, Mexico, Mozambique, Botswana, Russia, USA, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Reunion Ireland and many more.

She is an award winner for the most Outstanding Female Dancer 2007 in contemporary style for the dance Umbrella Festival. She was commissioned to stage her first solo work piece for the dance umbrella festival in Johannesburg in 2011.

She is the winner of a reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 South Africa in 2010 and was a choreographer for the Season 3 show. She is a nominee for the Naledi Awards in 2010 and presented Three awards in 2016.
In 2014, she was named the first recipient of the Sophie Mgcina best emerging voice Award supported by the Market Theatre at the Naledi Theatre Awards.

She is one of the choreographers for the 1st South Africa China Hand in Hand celebration hosted by the Department of the Arts and Culture in South Africa.
Mlangeni staged and choreographed Page 27 dance season for Vuyani Dance Theatre mentored by Luyanda Sidiya for the Market Theatre and the Afro Vibes Festival tour in 2016.
In 2017 her choreographic skills and work ethic landed her more opportunities. Mlangeni was one of the creators for Big City Big Dreams, a collaboration between three major companies in Johannesburg, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Moving into Dance and Joburg Ballet. She was further commissioned to be a choreographer and a performer for the Children’s Monologues, directed by James Ngcobo and produced by Mfundi Vundla.

Mlangeni was invited as a collaborator with Julian Arguelles (British Musician and arranger) and iComplete vocal quartet (South Africa) choreographed dance movements for the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra concert that took place at Ridehuset Vester Alle (Denmark) in July 2017.

In 2018 she was commissioned by the Market Theatre as a Director/Choreographer to stage Confined as part of the Department of Arts and Culture incubator Project. In the same year, she was also commissioned by the Playhouse as a Director/ Choreographer to stage Scars a new work created for the South African Women’s Art Festival for The Playhouse.

Mlangeni was the RMB Starlight Classics 2018/2019 Assistant Director and the choreographer. She was an Assistant Stage Director for the Mzansi viewer’s choice awards in 2018, the Pandora Awards, The Voice South Africa Season 3, All under Darren Hayward.
Mlangeni was invited by The Market Theatre Trade Fair Festival as a featured artist to present both her works Scars and Confined was chosen as the best production of the Festival.

In 2019, she choreographed and directed her latest work called The Encounter staged at the Market Theatre and commissioned by the National Art Counsel Grant. Mlangeni has also been invited by The Centre for The Less Good Idea founded by William Kentridge in season 3 and season 5 as a dancer/choreographer.
She co-choreographed with Luyanda Sidiya for the Presidential Inauguration in May 2019 at Loftus Stadium alongside James Ngcobo as the Director.