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Oscar Buthelezi

Oscar Buthelezi (2019)


Oscar began dancing in 1998 with youth groups in Vosloorus and he was involved in TV productions such as YO TV Groove and Jika maJika.

He joined MID in 2010.  Buthelezi toured extensively with works choreographed by Robyn Orlin, Jenifer Dallas and Sonia Radebe, Jessica Nupen and Sunnyboy Motau.  Buthelezi performed in “We are still Marching” in collaboration with the Playhouse Dance Company and he toured Moscow and St Petersburg as part of the Russian/South African Season.

He choreographed and performed in a duet called “ROAD” which scooped a double award at the Kurt Jooss International Award for Choreography in 2016 becoming the first African to win this prestigious award.  “ROAD” was also staged at Impact No.1 and Impact No.2.

Buthelezi choreographed “ILEMBE”, the story of Shaka Zulu, performed at the National Arts Festival and the Soweto Theatre and he was nominated for Best Original Choreography for the show..

In 2017 Oscar choreographed “Stuck Souls” and performed in Sunnyboy Motau’s “I Am Not”. Buthelezi assisted Jessica Nupen in choreographing “Romeo & Juliet, Rebellion & Johannesburg” for its European tour and performances in Italy & Germany. Buthelezi was honoured by the Premier in his home city, Ekurhuleni, with an Award for Youth in Service Excellence and also nominated for an ImpACT Award for dance and choreography by the Arts and Culture Council of South Africa.

Oscar performed in a collaborative piece between 3 powerhouse Dance companies: Joburg Ballet, Moving into Dance and Vuyani Dance Theatre in July 2017. With the MID company he performed in “feathers…..” at the Norwegian In2It Festival, and in Motau’s collaborative work incorporating five dancers each from MID, Compassion 2 Dance (based in Sunndalsøra) and M&R Regional Dance Company, Kompaniet.

Oscar was commissioned by Bernard Jay Productions to choreograph the musical “The Color Purple” in 2018. He was invited to join the cast of Snow White in 2018 – a pantomime – cast and choreographed by Bernard Jay and Janice Honeyman.

In 2018 Oscar performed with the rest of the company for MID’s 40th Anniversary Gala Celebrations.

In 2019, Oscar performed with Tribhangi Dance Theatre for their 30th Anniversary Performance.

Oscar won the 2019 Naledi Award for original choreography for his work on “The Color Purple”.

In June, Oscar competed in the 33rd International Competition for Choreography in Hanover, Germany.  He scored a ‘hat trick’ by winning the Jury Award for Best Choreographer; Audience Choice Award and the Tanja Liedtke Scholarship at the Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide, Australia.

He has been contracted to choreograph the local & International tour for the world renowned Ladysmith Black Mambazo in August 2019. Oscar will once again choreograph the return of the successful “The Color Purple” for its international tour in 2020 with an All South African cast.