“ANY BODY ZINE is a printed and online DIY publication about dance, movement and embodied politics in southern Africa, as well as a dynamic platform to support and nurture independent performers and artists in our community.”
South African zines (magazines) and independent publications are creating a space for young writers and artists to get their work seen and provide opportunities to learn and grow.
The Any Body Zine organisation facilitates and hosts workshops, events and performances for movement and live arts practitioners to grow and develop their practice, whilst seeking out new archival formats to document and curate the ever-evolving performing arts scene. ABZ was founded in 2016 by Julia de Rosenwerth, Kopano Maroga and Nicola van Straaten.
Julia is a dancer, choreographer, movement teacher and web designer. She has most recently produced a full-length production alongside Adriana Jamisse at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective and completed an Artistic Residency with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in Mpumalanga. Her interests lie in the realm of choreography, concept, body-knowledge, somatic movement practices and dance-writing.
Kopano is a black and queer performance artist, writer and cultural worker striving towards liberation in its myriad forms. They are currently pursuing their Masters in Live, Interdisciplinary and Public Art through the Institute of Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, researching queer semiotics, among other topics. They are a recipient of the Kanna, Fiesta and Woordtrofees awards for best supporting actor in Neil Coppen’s “Buiteland”.
Nicola is a dancer, artist, researcher and writer. Her vast areas of interest include interdisciplinary explorations of movement, sound and improvisation. For the past five years she has lived and worked in France, Namibia and South Africa, pursuing collaborations and projects within and around her immediate community.
The zines will be on sale from 8 – 9 September at the Comics Fest Marketplace at the Open Book Festival.
Find out more about their work at their website.