The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC)
At a time when arts and culture is under severe threat in terms of securing sustainable funding, companies like The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) clearly demonstrate the value of arts and culture not only as a viable career path but also as invaluable contributor to job creation and the promotion of South African culture on a global scale. Under the visionary leadership of Artistic Director, PJ Sabbagha, the Company has taken up residence in Dance Studio A of the Con Cowan Theatre on the Bunting Road Campus as UJ Arts & Culture’s very first Resident Professional Contemporary Dance Company:
For many young, inspired South Africans, contemporary dance has been profound in creating a sense of purpose, re-visioning future and enabling financial security. Dance changes lives may sound like a gushy cliché, but it is something I see daily and it is something that we at FATC are committed to. Beyond funding this is the true sustainability of what we do …
PJ Sabbagha (FATC Artistic Director)
Since its inception in January 1995 FATC collaborated with an extensive number of South Africa’s leading contemporary dance and theatre professionals including Greg Maqoma, Shanell Winlock, Sello Pessa, Moeketsi Koena, Athena Mazarakis, Craig Morris, Gys DeVilliers, David Minaar, Jennifer Furgeson, Neli Xaba, Boyzie Cekwana, Gladys Agulhus, Timoth Le Roux, Gerard Bester, Irene Stephanou and the list goes on. FATC continuously collaborates with performers, choreographers, educators and theatre practitioners to present top quality theatre and training programs at both a national and international level.
FATC and its collaborating artists have been widely recognized for their excellence in the field of contemporary South African choreography and performance through the numerous awards and nominations that have been conferred on the Company. Currently funded by The National Lottery the Company is committed to creating contemporary South African dance theatre that questions and investigates critical personal and social issues. As a result of this work FATC has become acknowledged as South Africa’s leading contemporary dance company in addressing the overwhelming presence of HIV and AIDS in contemporary South African society and the Company has been described to as a leading voice in the emergence of the new South African “protest/struggle” and issue-based dance theatre.
Since 2007 FATC has had a busy international touring season engaging in exchange projects with performances and residencies in Russia, Holland, Mexico, Tanzania, Mali, Madagascar, Mozambique, Reunion Islands, France and Taiwan. In addition individual company member have been given an increasing number of international solo performance opportunities.
The programme for 2013 involves extensive creative and education projects as well as activities such as the annual ten-month internship for talented young professionals who have recently completed some form of formal or informal dance related training. FATC will be all over the local and international dance scene with invitations to all major Festivals nationally as well as many international invitations including Russia, France, Holland and Germany. There is also the annual Artistic Residency programme which has hosted both local choreographers as well as numerous international artists. The education programmes include community outreach activities reaching local and rural, weekly evening open classes, Saturday classes for children, and FATC’s annual summer and winter schools. FATC company member Fana Tshabalala’s has been awarded the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for dance and FATC will be on show in Fana’s commissioned work at this year National Arts Festival in Grahamstown during July. Other highlights will include the international Residency with multi-award winning guest choreographers Ivan Estegneev and Evgeny Kulagin from Russia.