Bafana Solomon Matea
Contemporary – Juxtapower, Director – City Academy’s Contemporary company
Bafana Solomon Matea was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He was the recipient of the Judith Jamison scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance school, which took him to New York. Upon graduating, Bafana joined Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte Dance and Battery Dance Company under Artistic Director Jonathan Hollander. He performed and taught workshops in over 54 countries, whilst presenting his own choreography also. Bafana’s choreography was hailed by the New York Times as , “Irresistible. Fast, exuberant, pulsatingly rhythmic, it covered space and used every part of the body. A delight in its own right, this was the dance that I would most want to see again”. Bafana also worked with other dance companies within New York city. Bafana co-founded Juxtapower (South African song and dance company) where he was resident rehearsal director. Other companies he danced for included Dance anonymous, Alpha Omega, Delirious Dance under Edisa Weeks, Thomas Ortiz Dance, Matthew Westerby Dance, Staten Island Ballet, New Hampshire Dance Theater and Covenant Ballet. Although a modern dancer by heart, Bafana has danced in Ballet companies, in Soloist and Principal roles. Upon moving to London, he is the director of City Academy’s Contemporary company in London and he also freelances as a teacher for Lewisham Southwark College, Morea Performing Arts, Laine Theatre Arts, Danceworks and Tavaziva Dance Company.