Born in Gugulethu in Cape Town, Mamela Nyamza trained as a dancer at the Zama Dance School and later at the Pretoria Dance Technikon where she received a National Diploma in Ballet. In 1998 she received a scholarship to further her studies in dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance centre. After her graduation Mamela joined the State Theatre Dance Company where she performed nationally and internationally.
Whilst appearing as a dancer in major international musicals, such as The Lion King, We Will Rock You and African Footprints, Mamela Nyamza simultaneously started to develop her own artistic practice, developing choreographies which deal with important political and social issues of today’s South Africa.
Mamela Nyamza has appeared at The Bates Dance Festival and in Slovenia, in Italy and Switzerland, running workshops and performances.
Genre: Contemporary, African and Physical Theatre
- I Stand Corrected (2013)
- Okuya Phantsi Kwempulo (2012)
- Hatched (2009)
- Shift (2009)
- Kutheni (2009)
Places to see them in Cape Town: Artscape Theatre Awards:
- 2009 – Nyamza was selected to be the South African representative to travel to Los, Angeles, United States and compete as one of eight countries and six different continents in Superstars of Dance.
- 2011 – Awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award.
- 2012 – Awarded The Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival for Okuya Phantsi Kwempulo.