South African Londiwe Khoza selected as protégé to international dance star

Londiwe Khoza is a recent recipient of the 2016–2017 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is one of just seven young artists from all around the world to earn a year of intense mentorship.

This makes her one of only three South Africans who have been awarded a place in this prestigious mentorship programme. The other two to receive it, are Lara Foot, who is currently the Director and CEO of the Baxter Theatre and famous sculptor Nicholas Hlobo.

CapeTalk Pippa Hudson spoke to Londiwe Khoza about the mentorship programme.

Londiwe says she started dancing at the age of five and decided to take it as a career when she turned seventeen.

She says she had to make a lot sacrifices in order to succeed, including limiting her social life as a teenager.

I didn't have much of a social life. This is something a lot of people don't realise

Londiwe Khoza, Dancer

As part of the mentoring programme, Londiwe will be going to Tel Aviv to work with an Israeli mentor Ohad Naharin at his Batsheva Dance Company. She will spend a year working with him and developing all the techniques.

She says she is very excited to work with Naharin because he is a very talented and intelligent dancer. Naharin is hailed as one of the world’s prominent contemporary choreographers.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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