(Wo)man, pronounced Woah-man, is an experimental contemporary dance work that tells the story of a modern woman in today’s society, fulfilling roles that were previously male-dominated.

Follow our (Wo)man as she grows through each role she takes on. Diving into Moving Speech and experimental contemporary dance we take a look at the various roles women now play in society, how they cope with the many hats they wear and inspire future generations of women.

This work is inspired by our two female dancers that started Live to Move Dance Company, Candice Schafer and Melissa Schafer. Wanting to create something relatable, empowering and beautiful, (Wo)man was born to celebrate women.

  • Ticket Price: R75.00
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration (minutes): 35mins
  • Ages: all ages
  • Release Date: July 09, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English



Choreographer and Dancer: Candice Schafer
Choreographer and Dancer: Melissa Schafer


Candice Schafer

I began my ballet studies at the age of 4 and later attended the National School of the Arts matriculating in 2013 majoring in contemporary dance with full colours in Dance Performance. During these studies I achieved Distinctions in not only Ballet but also Contemporary and Spanish Dance. Along the way I performed with Mzansi Productions in Don Quixote, The South African Ballet Theatre’s production of Le Corsaire as well as Dance Spectrum at the National Arts Festival. Furthermore I have performed at various corporate events. I am now a freelance teacher at a variety of Dance schools around Gauteng. Currently I have completed my Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate and Imperial Society of Modern Dance Associates. I am also a founder of Live to Move Dance Company and one of the creators and choreographers of (Wo)man.

Melissa Schafer

My dance career began with my first ballet class at the age of 4. I trained in RAD ballet, obtaining Distinctions in all my exams. Attending the National School of the Arts I also trained in contemporary, jazz, African and Spanish dance. While at NSA I was able to perform in festivals such as the National Arts Festival and Tshwane Youth Festival. In 2011 and 2012, I had the opportunity to dance with Mzansi Productions in Don Quixote and Joburg Ballet in Sleeping Beauty. In 2013 I completed my Graduate Year with Joburg Ballet after which I worked with Dance in Art in Haarlem, The Netherlands in 2014, training in contemporary dance. I then danced on board Costa Pacifica, working with Afro Arimba Productions and last year I had the privilege to perform in ‘Doll’ at the Dance Umbrella Festival. Now as the Artistic Director of Live to Move Dance Company I hope to bring more opportunities for Dance in South Africa. As co-creator and choreographer of (Wo)man I look forward to being part of the festival not only as a dancer but as a choreographer.

Lexi Herz – Dancer

From starting Dance at the age of 3 and pursuing it in various forms, such as Freestyle, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet, dance has become a big part of my being whilst performing in the Johannesburg Youth Theatre also introduced me to theatre.

These small endeavours as a child encouraged me to achieve heights such as silver medal with Unity SA Dance Team at the IDF World Cup in Poland 2017 and 12th place in Trio Jazz independently at the Dance World Cup in 2019 and my honours blazer in Culture at Reddam House Bedfordview.

As a Choreographer I began with milestones such as choreographing the Reddam House Bedfordview Fashion Show and their Grease Production.

To further this life-long journey in theatre, I am currently a student at the Centre of Theatre, Performance and Dance at the University of Cape Town majoring in Choreography.