What is African Dance? A lecture series with Maxwell Xolani Rani

Are you a dancer?

💥 Do you want to dive deeper into the roots of African dance culture?

💥 Do you want to have a more nuanced view of the influences between traditional dances and urbanism?

💥 Do you want to better understand the fine line between appropriation and appreciation of African dances in the modern world?


Join us in a lecture series with Maxwell Xolani Rani (South Africa), an esteemed dancer teacher, choreographer, course convenor and PhD fellow at the University of Cape Town.
The lectures will each have different but complementary topics/themes. You are welcome to “drop in” to single lectures, or sign up for all four lectures at a reduced rate. The lectures will take place on Zoom:

Lecture 1: Friday 12 June, 8 PM (GMT+2)
Lecture 2: Friday 19 June, 8 PM (GMT+2)
Lecture 3: Friday 25 June, 8 PM (GMT+2)
Lecture 4: Friday 3 July, 8 PM (GMT+2)

Costs: R140 (or €7) per lecture, or R490 (or €25) for all four.

A 50% discount is available to the Cape Town Swing community (i.e. those who live in Cape Town and surrounds)—check your inbox for the discount code, or email info@capetownswing.co.za.

Recordings of the lectures will be available to participants for one week after each lecture. If you missed a lecture, you may pay to access the recording.

To sign up:

  • Book right here on our website, or make your payment by PayPal or EFT (and email POP to info@capetownswing.co.za).
  • Once we’ve received your proof of payment, we’ll send you the Zoom meeting link.

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About the course:
In this series, we will discuss an overview of the past, present and future of African dance. The discussions will focus on basic theoretical components that are attached to African Dance history, for example, defining and interrogating African dance, transition and continuity of African dance in the 21st century spaces, and the appropriation and appreciation of African dances in the modern world. We will take a look at African Contemporary Dance in South Africa and the socio-political factors that are attached to it. The series will emphasise local and global influences of modernity and urbanism on traditional and neo-traditional dances, and the South African Contemporary works. We will engage, converse and laugh as a community, being kind to each other while using African dance education as a tool to close the gaps, empower and stimulate. “LET’S DIG IN”

About the lecturer:
Maxwell Xolani Rani is a Senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies. He holds a Master’s (MMus) degree in Dance and he is currently a PhD fellow at the University of Cape Town. He is the founder and the creator of the African dance technique called Intsika meaning the “pillar” or the “strengthener”. He is experienced in teaching and choreographing most levels of African dance technique and its contemporary works. He is a convener for the courses encompassing practical and theoretical studies in African dance. Rani has produced and choreographed works and taught in South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Namibia, Gambia, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, London, Brazil, Germany, United States, China, Jamaica, France and Canada to name a few. He has presented papers in several conferences such as DACI conference (Bahia, Brazil) and Confluences Conferences (Cape Town, South Africa), Edna Manley School of the Arts Jamaica- Kingston Summer School as an invited teacher. Rani is a published scholar and currently a 21st century choreographer in African traditional and African contemporary works. Rani has choreographed for movies such as “Last Face” directed by Sean Penn (USA), Opera works such as “Porgy and Bess”, Interdisciplinary theatrical works like “Ingcwaba Lendoda…” directed by Mandla Mbothwe, choreographed for “UHAMBO 1 & 2” Directed by Mzokuthula Gasa. Rani directed and choreographed “Decolonising the African Dancing Body” at Baxter Theatre, recently he choreographed for UNESCO (Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Gambia) and for Theatre in the Back Yard “Wait…Linda” directed by Mhlanguli George.


04 Jul 2020


20:00 - 21:00


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