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.
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Julia de Rosenwerth is a dancer, choreographer, movement teacher and web designer. She has degree with distinction in Dance Research with majors in Choreography and Philosophy. She is also the co-creator of ANY BODY ZINE. Julia has most recently produced a full-length production alongside Adriana Jamisse at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective and completed an Artistic Residency with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, Mpumalanga. She has presented work at the Baxter Theatre Centre, Confluences Dance Conference, the UCT School of Dance and Youngblood Arts and Culture Development Gallery and will soon present new work as part of the NEW DANCE LAB held by Tahlia Laric and Kristina Johnson. Julia has performed in works by Adriana Jamisse, Nicola Elliott, Alan Parker, Underground Dance Theatre, Nicola van Straaten and Kopan Maroga. Her interests lie in the realm of choreography, concept, body-knowledge, somatic movement practices and dance-writing. She is also passionate about Flamenco.
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.