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The Spectator's moment : Mamela Nyamza

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2013 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Nyamza, Mamela (South Africa)

Video producer : Maison de la danse

The Spectator's moment : Mamela Nyamza

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2013 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Nyamza, Mamela (South Africa)

Video producer : Maison de la danse

The spectator's moment

The Spectator's moment or how to discover an artist, a piece of work or a company in just two minutes. It is a collection of programmes produced by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and presented by Dominique Hervieu. Each episode is devoted to an artist or a company that is programmed at the Maison de la Danse and offers the public keys or artistic benchmarks for better understanding and appreciating the choreographic art.

Directed by Fabien Plasson
A collection produced in partnership with TLM - Télé Lyon Métropole

© Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Nyamza, Mamela

Born in Gugulethu in Cape Town, Mamela Nyamza trained as a dancer at the Zama Dance School and later at the Pretoria Dance Technikon where she received a National Diploma in Ballet. In 1998 she received a scholarship to further her studies in dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance centre. After her graduation Mamela joined the State Theatre Dance Company where she performed nationally and internationally.

Whilst appearing as a dancer in major international musicals, such as The Lion King, We Will Rock You and African Footprints, Mamela Nyamza simultaneously started to develop her own artistic practice, developing choreographies which deal with important political and social issues of today’s South Africa.

Since 2006 she has dedicated her career to her own choreography which brought about autobiographical works such as "Hatch", "Kutheni", "Shift" and "Hatched". All of these works have been part of the Johannesburg’s Dance Umbrella. "Hatched" was also part of the Dance Umbrella in London at The Place in 2011.

Mamela Nyamza has appeared at The Bates Dance Festival and in Slovenia, in Italy and Switzerland, running workshops and performances. In 2012, she directed a hip hop dance theatre - the fi rst of its kind in South Africa. Her most recent work "Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo" was awarded The Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2012.

In 2013, at the Festival of Avignon, for subjects to live, on the plateau of the Garden of the Virgin, she invites Faniswa Yisa, actress also originating from Cape Town for a committed duo.

In her most recent project, Mamela Nyamza collaborated with the UK-based artist Mojisola Adebayo in "I Stand corrected" which was premiered in South Africa and ran at the Oval House in London for three weeks.

Sources: Maison de la Danse de Lyon show program ; Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 's website

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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