BY SHARON SIBINDI
BULAWAYO-BASED choreographer and founder of Alexander Dance Lab, Alexander Mhlanga has said he has a lot to offer the world through dance.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Mhlanga said his dances were meant to inspire new routines.
“Dance is very important to our society and it plays a major part in our society in-terms of social roles and being able to express yourself, send a message to the masses be it of love or sadness,” he said.
“My main focus is to bring my identity, I am so happy and grateful to call myself an African. Dance brings values as human beings, respect and it teaches love for other humans and enjoyment.”
Mhlanga said he was happy with the response and support he was getting for his work.
“I have received invites from a lot of people saying they were interested to work with me in their productions.
“Above all, I would like to thank those I worked with closely and supported me throughout and believed in my art,” he said.
“I got recognition when I showcased in Venice, Italy, at Intwasa festival and Bulawayo Arts Festival.”
Recently, Mhlanga produced a dance project themed 9lives which creates a platform for women and girls to share their survival instincts through dance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I also do Afro dance to express my well-being.
“Afro dance is life, the same way I breathe. It makes one proud of being an African without you feeling shy and also promotes the spirit of Ubuntu,” he said.
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