Jay Pather (19**-). Actor, dancer, teacher and choreographer.
He was a Fulbright scholar at New York University with a MA in theatre and dance.
Has directed and choreographed over one hundred productions nationally as well as internationally in India, Angola, Madagascar, London, Germany, Australia, Sri Lanka and New York. Pather has created large scale opening works for the Commonwealth Heads of State Conference, the World Economic Forum and the International Convention Centre in Durban.
In 2005 he visited Havana on a government delegation investigating cultural exchange with Cuba.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Pather has also conceived and directed a range of commissioned works. These include A South African Siddhartha and Home commissioned by the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and Ahimsa Ubuntu commissioned by Sonia Gandhi and the South African High Commission in India.
He received a commission from the FNB Dance Umbrella to create a full length work entitled The Beautiful Ones Must Be Born which was performed at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg and at the International Writers' Festival in Durban in 2004/5.
Pather produced the astounding CityScapes in which he took dance right into the heart of the city of Durban, installing Pantsula dancers on the 320 West Street escalators and a ball-gowned, abseiling dancer descending from Musgrave Centre.
He was on the panel of judges for the Ovation Awards in 2013.
A recipient of several regional FNB Vita Awards for Best Choreography.
He was one of the winners of the Heritage Award (The Heritage Awards are part of the Heritage Arts Festival, hosted annually by Kizo Gallery at Gateway, Durban. It is a highproflle event which sees six South Africans honoured for their contribution towards the preservation and promotion of South African heritage and culture) in 2009.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
Rhodes, Arts of Africa .
Sunday Tribune, 13 September 2009.
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