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Julia Burnham performs in this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist winner for dance, Luyanda Sidiya’s (director and choreographer) production, Siva (Seven), at Alec Mullins venue in Grahamstown on 7 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Siva is performed by the Vuyani Dance Theatre. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

Dance at this year’s Festival seemed exceptionally introspective: from taking a long, refreshing drink of itself, to explorations of contemporary South African identities in all their guises, it has been one helluva ride.

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These are the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2015.

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Dance on the Main this year seems to be exploring themes of integration and wholeness, an especially arduous quest for the artist. Two dances on the Main and one on the Fringe interpret the work of Vaslav Nijinsky, the renowned dancer and choreographer for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes who spent much of his latter life in and out of mental institutions.

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South African born dancer and choreographer Luyanda Sidiya will be getting beneath audience skin this festival. This talented performer is a member of the six strong cast performing Skin – a dance exploration of what makes us human. Sidiya enrolled at Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) in 2000. After completing his Community Dance Teachers’ Training, he became a company member, working with choreographers and dancers of great merit and reputation like Sylvia Glasser, David Thatanelo April and Gregory Maqoma. “MIDM taught me that even if you have a great idea, you need other people to make it possible”, he says.

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