HISTORY 1994-1998 Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre (SSDT) is a professional dance theatre company that emerged from a training and development programme for Black dancers with no access to training opportunities, initiated by The Playhouse Company in Durban in 1994. Jay Pather and Alfred Hinkel of Jazzart Dance Theatre devised the original curriculum, and the first programme with 18 students was an overwhelming success. In July 1995, ten dancers were offered full-time salaries to form a company that served as a performance vehicle for the training programme, and in 1996 Jay Pather was appointed Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Still under the wing of the Playhouse Company from 1996 to 1998, the influence and scope of SSDT expanded quickly. Pather and the company vigorously pursued their mission statement, contributing to dance education, development and performance on local, national and international levels. They were invited to perform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, the Macufe Festival in Taung, at the opening of the International Writers Festival and the Interface Festival in London. The Indian Government supported a hugely successful tour of India and Sri Lanka, and it became clear that Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre was fast establishing a reputation as a serious proponent of new South African dance. 1996-2003 Copyright of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre.  Web design by Dream Co-Lab Productions cc.  Website photographs by Val Adamson. About us  Contact  Site-map