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Dance Stories from our Programme

Fana Tshabalala: “Expanding our knowledge artistically”

South African dancer and choreographer Fana Tshabalala reflects on his four year collaboration with Russian/Swiss dancer Vladimir Ippolitov and the work they created together. Their collaboration was supported by Pro Helvetia residencies and projects at various points.


The two dancers met in South Africa in 2015 during the Swiss Embassy supported tour of the Geneva Ballet, and worked together at the High Five project which Pro Helvetia Johannesburg supported, as part of the Geneva Ballet’s engagement with the context.

In 2017 Fana was awarded a Pro Helvetia Johannesburg studio residency, and spent most of November in Geneva working with Vladimir on the project, which explores ideas of masculinity in modern society.

In 2018 Vladimir visited South Africa on residency to continue work on the piece and ready it for presentation at Dance Umbrella in March 2018.