Theatre enthusiast and former lecturer at
He is just six months into |his position as the director of performing arts, and already has North West represented at this year's
The last time Mmabana participated in the National |Arts Festival was in 2008.
"I hope to inject a new vision and innovation into the arts in
"I want to reposition Mmabana as a meeting of meanings - therefore our performance space must |be a centre for arts education in aesthetics," Moshounyane says.
It's an important artistic hub that has produced great theatre, as well as small and big screen talent like Presley Chweneyagae (of |Tsotsi fame) and Zenzo Ngqobe |(The Forgotten Kingdom), in the hands of the brilliant Aubrey Sekhabi and Paul Grootboom.
From 1993 to 2001, Sekhabi was at Mmabana, where he developed talent and produced over 30 productions, including
It is in those historical foot-|steps that Moshounyane walks. |But in recent years Mmabana has struggled to recapture the glory of its heyday, and has had no proper leadership.
Moshounyane offers a timely resuscitation. A physical theatre specialist, he taught for 12 years |at the
"We have a lot to do to revitalise Paul and Aubrey's legacy, to convince North West audiences |to come see our work, and to maintain a level of consistency.
"We want to go back to what Mmabana was, but also go |beyond that. The first priority is |to acquire practitioners to come |teach and develop, and to see our programmes being accredited.
"The second is to go professional and create an enabling environment for a sustainable industry in the province.
"Participation in the
The four productions he is taking to the
"Our vision is to stage new works and less of the classics. I believe there are new stories we need to tell and we need to converge around those stories," he says.
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