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Mandela's Dancers

Oral Histories of Program Participants and Organizers

Rodreguez King-Dorset (author) Lady Anya Sainsbury (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9780786499861

Publication Date: Jul 2016

Format: Paperback

Explores an overlooked chapter in the history of post-liberation South Africa: the dance scholarship programme at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, which provided 22 South African dance students the opportunity to study in London from 1994 to 2005. Drawing on archival photographs and personal recollections, the author highlights the personal experiences of six of those dancers and Mandela's significance for contemporary dance.
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The role of dance and music in the struggle against South Africa's apartheid regime is well documented. This book explores an overlooked chapter in the history of post-liberation South Africa. In 1993, Lady (Anya) Sainsbury, a former ballerina at the Royal Ballet in London, met Nelson Mandela at a party in South Africa. Out of this meeting came the dance scholarship programme at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, which provided 22 South African dance students the opportunity to study in London from 1994 to 2005.

Drawing on archival photographs and personal recollections, the author highlights the personal experiences of six of those dancers and Mandela's significance for contemporary dance.
Illustrations 45 photographs
Pages 212
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2016
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Social & cultural history   National liberation & independence, post-colonialism   Ballet   Black & Asian studies   Contemporary dance  
Rodreguez King-Dorset, an historian and award-winning dance filmmaker, is a researcher in Performing Arts at the University of Cambridge's Centre of African Studies.

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