ANY BODY ZINE is a printed and online DIY publication about dance, movement and embodied politics in southern Africa, as well as a dynamic platform to support and nurture independent performers and artists in our community. We facilitate and host workshops, events and performances for movement and live arts practioners to grow and develop their practise, whilst seeking out new archival formats to document and curate the ever-evolving performing arts scene around us. ABZ was founded by Julia de Rosenwerth, Kopano Maroga and Nicola van Straaten in 2016.
We are stocked at:
The Book Lounge (Cape Town)
Clarke’s Bookshop (Cape Town)
Bibliophilia (Cape Town)
Love Books (Johannesburg)
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Julia de Rosenwerth is a dancer, choreographer and teacher from Cape Town, South Africa. She has been working as an independent artist in the country for the past four years and is passionate about the learning of sharing of movement practices within the performing arts. She trained at the University of Cape Town School of Dance and completed a Research degree in 2015, majoring in Choreography, Contemporary Dance and Philosophy. She has been practicing and performing Flamenco dance for eight years and currently forms part of a flamenco company in Cape Town called ‘Tierra Flamenca’, directed by Che Adams. She is also currently curating a week of performance, ‘I call you dance’, at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective as part of the Curated Consciousness programme. Julia has previously produced two independent shows (2017: ‘Whisper’ alongside Adriana Jamisse and Kerim Becker and 2016: ‘SPLIT SIGNS’), has been an artist in residence at the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative and has most recently been accepted to be an artist in residence at AADK Spain for 2019. Julia has a strong teaching practice and has been teaching movement to actors and musicians at AFDA, Cape Town for the past three years.
Kopano Maroga is a black and queer performance artist, writer and cultural worker striving towards liberation in its myriad forms. They are currently pursuing their Masters in Live, Interdisciplinary and Public Art through the Institute of Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town researching queer semiotics and other cool shit. They are a recipient of the Kanna, Fiesta and Woordtrofees awards for best supporting actor in Neil Coppen’s “Buiteland”. Their writing can be found in the publications ArtThrob, adjective and Prufrock. They very much believe in the power of love as a weapon of mass construction.
Nicola van Straaten is a dancer, artist, researcher and writer. Her areas of interest include interdisciplinary explorations of movement, sound, improvisation and many many other things. Focusing on the the archival practice of documenting process through film and text, she is also interested researching alternate ways to study and curate movement and performance. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BMus (Hons) Degree in Dance Studies in 2012. For the past five years she has lived and worked in France, Namibia and South Africa pursuing collaborations and projects within and around her immediate community. She is currently studying a Masters in Solo / Dance / Authorship at the HZT, Universität der Künste Berlin.