Royal Academy Award

13 Sep 2007 - 15:32

UCT dance lecturer Dr Eduard Greyling was awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Choreology last year. The Fellowship is the highest award given by the Royal Academy of Dance in London and has only been awarded forty times since its inception in 1966. The award recognizes outstanding and exceptional service to the academy's Benesh Institute and Benesh Movement Notation; in Dr Greyling's case it was for his "tireless work" in teaching Benesh notation at UCT and for his "pioneering work" on recording African dance. "The recognition of Eduard's role in recording African dance is particularly significant," said director of the School of Dance, Professor Elizabeth Triegaardt, "We are referred to as the School of Ballet, and whilst classical ballet is core to the curriculum, our students are exposed to a diverse range of choreographic styles."

This diversity was very much on show last September in a production at the Baxter entitled Send in the Clowns: A Masque of Moods. The show was a highly successful collaboration with the College of Music featuring Mike Campbell's Big Band, jazz and classical singers from the College as well as dancers (trained in singing by Brad Liebl). The production was directed by Geoff Hyland from the Drama Department.