#Trend­ing Awards 2015

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PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Aside from Zanele Muholi’s in­cred­i­ble year, leg­ends David Gold­blatt and Cedric Nunn held ret­ro­spec­tives and pub­lished books. Dean Hut­ton’s own queer body be­came a pow­er­ful fo­cus. But it was the youth that re­ally in­spired us. We put Musa Nx­u­malo on our cover for his rest­less club and kasi kids. So­cial doc­u­menter Sipho Mpongo has done more at 22 than many achieve in a life­time. Im­raan Chris­tian doc­u­mented #FeesMustFall with an ac­tivist’s eye and rich frames. Sa­belo Mlan­geni’s go­ing in­ter­na­tional and Lee-Roy Ja­son’s pho­tos of cutout peo­ple are a joy. Charl Blig­naut

– ART

The Jo­han­nes­burg Art Gallery turned 100, Wil­liam Ken­tridge won ev­ery prize on the planet, Candice Bre­itz was the star of the art fair, in­die pack The Jo­han­nes­burg Pav­il­ion rocked Venice, Turiya Ma­gadlela won the FNB Art Prize and the GoetheIn­sti­tut killed it with the African Fu­tures event. We love Lady Skol­lie and ex­pect big things. But what made us hap­pi­est was see­ing the for­mer new school set­tle in. Athi-Pa­tra Ruga, Ke­mang Wa Le­hulere, Khaya Wit­booi and Bless­ing Ngob­eni, you made us proud. But this year’s win­ner is Mo­hau Modis­ak­eng, whose sculp­tural forms and video per­for­mances res­onate and linger. Charl Blig­naut

– DANCE

With big name stars cel­e­brat­ing the 25-year ca­reer of chore­og­ra­pher Gre­gory Maqoma, Dada Masilo’s al­most per­ma­nent global tour of her adap­ta­tions of Swan Lake and Car­men, and Sylvia Glasser’s last dance, our leg­ends are fi­nally be­ing recog­nised. We’re also see­ing the emer­gence of new voices such as Themba Mbuli’s Un­mute Dance Com­pany, and street chore­og­ra­phers Court­nae’ Paul, Tar­ryn Al­berts and Man­the Ribane. Lift­ing the prize, though, is chore­og­ra­pher Jar­rel Mathe­bula, whose Indige­nous Dance Academy is cre­at­ing con­tem­po­rary pantsula work that is be­ing recog­nised around the world. – Gar­reth van Niek­erk THE­ATRE

Young di­rec­tor Jade Bow­ers won the Stan­dard Bank Young Artist Award for her reimag­in­ing of his­tor­i­cal South African texts by voices such as Re­hane Abra­hams and K Sello Duiker. The David Kramer mu­si­cal Or­pheus in Africa, led by the re­mark­able Aubrey Poo, was sold out for its en­tire run. Jonathan Rox­mouth had au­di­ences in a flus­ter with his pow­er­house Sweeney Todd. Amaz­ing things flowed from the pen of writer-di­rec­tor Genna Gar­dini. Direc­tor Neil Cop­pen’s all-fe­male An­i­mal Farm was an un­for­get­table work, win­ning the team two Naledi Theatre Awards. Oh, and this year’s #Trend­ing Award too. Gar­reth van Niek­erk GRE­GORY MAQOMA

JADE BOW­ERS

MUSA NX­U­MALO

KHAYA WIT­BOOI

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