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Khensani Mathebula

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

Khensani Mathebula founded MATHETA Dance in 2017, with aspirations to build its presence in both the States and South Africa. She was discovered in 2010 in her hometown Johannesburg by international guest Ana Marie Forsythe at a Horton workshop, and recruited to the competitive Ailey School/Fordham University BFA program in New York City. At the time she trained intensively in modern concert dance under the instruction of Laraine Rabin. Ms. Mathebula was awarded an Emily Blavatnik/Ailey Artistic Scholarship, and a National Scholarship for Dance from CATHSSETA to attend the program. She graduated Cum Laude as a double major in Dance and Political Science, and went on to dance professionally with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. She has adjudicated 'Solo Performance' in Johannesburg, a prestigious modern dance examination and competition, and performed works by noteworthy choreographers including Ronald K. Brown, Matthew Rushing, Michael Leon Thomas and Vincent Mantsoe, as well as Alvin Ailey in his classic work Memoria at New York City Center Theater. As an emerging choreographer, Ms. Mathebula first created “Community Spirit” as a selected independent study artist at The Ailey School, then presented work in festivals around the city, before self-producing a show to launch MATHETA premiering “Keep Up” and “Keep On”. Since then, the Company has completed a CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Brooklyn College, where Khensani created her latest work “buya”; a meditation on absence - the abandonment people can experience in relationships and how they deal with the different feelings that ebb from it. MATHETA Dance keeps performing at curated festivals around the city - most notably having performed as a part of Movement Research at Judson Church. She is excited for the Company to keep growing and sharing movement that speaks to the hearts and minds of all people.