Resilience

Llewellyn Mnguni Productions

  • Ticket Price: R100.00
  • Duration: 12mins
  • Age Recommendation: 16+
  • Genre: Dance
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The story of an African black queer from Mafikeng. Dealing with the complexities of culture, religion and homophobia. “The crippling pressures of ‘masculinity’ in the dance world as well as society has brought me to a perpetual place of interrogation, reflection, acceptance and sharing my story that is parallel to many others.”

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Choreographer/Director: Llewellyn Mnguni
Make up Artist/Art Director: Ndivhuwo Makaulule
Music: Kwaai Diva (Siya Ngcobo)
Costumes: Helen Brink and Keenan Du Plessis
Videographer: Nzolo Bidla

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Dancer and choreographer Llewellyn Mnguni, began training at the the age of 14, at the Mmabana Mmabatho Arts Council as a Latin American and Ballroom dance
student and continued to compete on a professional level from 1999-2002. In 2003 he attended the National School of the Arts and thereafter obtained a Dance Teachers Diploma at the University of Cape Town School of Dance School in the year 2010. Mnguni also joined the Mmabana Dance Company as a full time dance teacher and choreographer from 2007-2009.

While completing his final year in high school (Grade 12) he performed and choreographed for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2006 for his work ‘Prozac’ and then the GIPCA Live Arts Festival under the directorship of Jay Pather in 2012. In 2010 he joined the Bovim Ballet company under the directorship of Sean Bovim. Mnguni has performed with the likes of Celeste Botha and Marlin Zoutman during his time as a company member of New World Dance Theatre.

He has collaborated with well acclaimed artists such as Ahmed Umar for “Tribute to Ali” an exhibition at the Format gallery in Oslo,Norway. He has performed the challenging roles of Odile in Swan Lake, Escamilio in Carmen and Myrtha in Giselle for Dada Masilo’s extensive Asian,European, Canadian and US tour during 2013-2017, Mnguni also collaborated with visual artist/LGBTI activist Zanele Muholi.