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Artist In Residence Joins UKZN School of Arts



Artist In Residence Joins UKZN School of Arts

Artist In Residence Joins UKZN School of Arts. The School of the Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is thrilled to announce the collaboration with the Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence program, marking a significant milestone in fostering artistic innovation and cultural exchange. In this exciting partnership, the school welcomes esteemed Cape Town dancer and choreographer, Mr. Yaseen Manuel, as the latest addition to its creative community.

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Embracing Digital Innovation

During his residency, Manuel will harness the power of digital media to create two captivating screen dance films. These films are slated to premiere at the 23rd JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival digital presentation later this month. Through innovative digital engagements, Manuel will collaborate with Durban FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY, infusing his unique perspective into the digital realm.

Educational Endeavors and Community Engagement

In addition to his creative projects, Manuel will actively engage with UKZN dance students through workshops, discussion sessions, and seminars conducted via Zoom. This interactive approach aims to inspire and mentor the next generation of dancers while fostering a spirit of collaboration and learning.

Artistic Vision and Cultural Narrative

Manuel’s artistic endeavors are deeply rooted in his personal history and Muslim spirituality, offering a compelling narrative that resonates with audiences. His choreographed explorations of race, religion, and masculinity serve as a poignant reflection of South Africa diverse cultural tapestry. Notably, Manuel’s acclaimed work, ASLAMA, eloquently intertwines the Syrian massacre with themes of self-discovery and identity, showcasing the complexity of human experience.

A Beacon of Creativity

As Dr. Lliane Loots, Artistic Director and Curator of the CCA’s JOMBA! festival, aptly expresses, Manuel’s residency signifies a beacon of hope and creativity amidst challenging times for the dance community. By amplifying underrepresented voices and narratives, Manuel’s presence enriches the artistic landscape and ignites important conversations.


The premiere of Manuel’s screen dance films at the 23rd JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival promises to be a celebration of artistic excellence and cultural diversity. Audiences are invited to embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration as Manuel’s visionary creations come to life on the digital stage.

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