The Dancers

Darkness and Light

Darkness danced by Cindy Okkers

Born and raised in Cape Town, Cindy Okkers is a third generation classically trained ballerina who trained with the UCT School of Ballet, before joining the Cape Town Junior Ballet in 2005. She travelled with Brigitte Reeves to America, winning a Scholarship for Jazz, contemporary and lyrical studies, and returned to dance with the Bovim Ballet and tour Europe with an international production of Carmen.

Light danced by Sven-Eric Muller

Originally from Namibia, Sven moved to Cape Town in 2009 to study dance and musical theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School, from where he joined Bovim Ballet, going from apprentice to soloist in 4 years. Sven-Eric has appeared in everything from the Rocky Horror Show to West Side Story, and recently performed in the Johannesburg revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Iris Warriors

Yellow danced by Henk Opperman

Henk trained in Freestyle, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Latin American and Modern dance at the Elize Cogle Bloem Dance Connection, and represented South Africa at the Freestyle World Championships in 2007 and 2008. A Principal Dancer at Bovim Ballet, Henk won the national television program Dans! Dans! Dans!, and has toured South Africa and Asia with Dirty Dancing The Musical.

Red danced by Kingsley Beukes

Kingsley studied at Tshwane University of Technology from 2009, obtaining his National Diploma in Dance in 2011, and working with some of the top names in the dance community. He was a double gold medal winner at the Show Dance World Championship in Germany in 2011, defending both titles in 2012, and performed in Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake for a two year European tour.

Orange danced by Michelle La Trobe

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance, Michelle also completed the Modern International Dance Teacher’s Association and Dance Core exams and was the winner of her Solo Performer’s modern exam. Michelle has recovered from a cancerous brain tumor to appear in an impressive list of productions including West Side Story, Jesus Christ Super Star, Grease, Cats, and Saturday Night Fever.

Green danced by Elzanne Crause

Elzanne studied at the University of Technology Tshwane from 2004–2006 where she completed her National Diploma in dance as a Ballet major, before graduating from the South African Ballet Theatre. She has worked on numerous productions both locally and internationally, touring The Phantom of the Opera as well as taking lead roles in Private Presley, Queen at the Ballet, and A Spartacus of Africa.

Blue danced by Vuyo Mahashe

Born in Durban, Vuyo attended the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) Choreographic seminar in Tuscany, Italy. He has since performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival for 6 consecutive years with The East London Guild Theatre, and was a dancer in the Ovation Award-winning 'Blue', as well as We, The Transposed, at the Young Blood Gallery.

Violet danced by Gemma Trehearn

Born in Johannesburg, Gemma took up the Accelerated Training Program at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and studied for a Performing Arts Diploma at CAPA, graduating with distinction. Gemma danced as a student member of the Cape Dance Company, traveling to South Korea and working with many international choreographers, and recently performed at Artscape for Cape Dance Company.

Indigo danced by Londiwe Khoza

Londiwe attended the Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard, the Cape Junior Ballet Company and has performed with Cape Town City Ballet. She is a soloist at the Cape Dance Company, and graduated with Distinction from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. She performed in and co-wrote her first play entitled #BalletMustFall in January 2016, and was recently named as a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative.

Shadows

Shadow Leader danced by Louisa Talbot

Louisa grew up in Cape Town, where she became a soloist in the Cape Dance Company by the age of 13. By 19, Louisa made her international debut as a semi-finalist in De Concours De Paris International dance competition, going on to become a member of Jazzart Dance Theatre and freelancing for the Free Flight Dance Company and Bovim Ballet.

Shadow danced by Tamryn Van Houten

Johannesburg born Tamryn completed her Royal Academy of Dance modern and tap examinations and competed in numerous national dance championships before moving to Cape Town to study drama, vocals, and musical theatre at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts. Since graduating, Tamryn has worked with some of South Africa’s best dance companies, including the Cape Dance Company, Bovim Ballet, and the Joburg Ballet.

Shadow danced by Simoné Botha

Simoné Botha, former Miss Deaf SA 2012, was born profoundly deaf and received her cochlear implant when she was 22 months old. She lives her dream today as the world’s first profoundly deaf professional ballet dancer with a cochlear implant. Simoné has made it to the very top, performing leading principal roles such as Phrygia in SANDTS, Spartacus of Africa and in Bovim Ballet’s various productions.

Shadow danced by Phume Sikhakhane

Born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and raised in Boston, USA until the age of seven, Phume completed his B-Tech degree in Dance at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2013. He performed in the FIFA 2010 World Cup closing ceremony, and represented South Africa at the International Show Dance competition in Germany, where he took first place. He joined the Kmad Dance Company in 2013.

Shadow danced by Aviwe November

Born in Ashton, 200km outside Cape Town, Aviwe started ballet at the age of 16, with Fiona Sergeant of Dance For All project. A scholarship to train at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Debbie Turner, followed, and the documentary Hectic Nine 9, about Aviwe and his cousin, resulted in him attending a summer program at the Washington Ballet in Washington DC.

Shadow danced by Mbulelu Ngubombini

Mbulelo was raised in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s largest townships, where he was exposed to African Arts and Dance. The Cape Performing Arts Board’s (CAPAB) outreach program gave him the opportunity to try ballet, and after ten years training, Lelo moved to England to further his experience. He has worked with the Cape Town City Ballet, and co-founded iKapa Dance Theatre.

Shadow danced by Brittane Von Loggerenburg

Brittane was educated at Springfield Convent in Cape Town and started dance training at the age of 3. After matriculating, she went on to complete her performing arts training at The Waterfront Theatre College. Dancing as a Shadow in Iris Warriors has given this this bright young talent the opportunity to work with the top dancers and choreographers in South Africa, and continue to perfect her craft.

Shadow danced by Joel Tommy

Born in Port Elizabeth, Joel graduated from Tshwane University of Technology with a National Diploma in Dance in 2016, and has danced in choreographies hosted by Arts Alive and at the Arena South African State Theatre. Joel joined Kmad Dance Company where he danced in NO AIR, which won a Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2014.

Shadow danced by Gabrielle Botha

Gabrielle began dancing from the age of two, winning numerous Cape Town Ballet Eisteddfod awards, and becoming a member of the Cape Junior Ballet. In 2011 Gabrielle received a bursary and joined an intensive summer program at the American Academy of Ballet. She was awarded Most Outstanding Senior Entrant in the Cape Town Eisteddfod in April 2014, along with four gold medals.