Nelisiwe Xaba


Nelisiwe Xaba is a South-African choreographer and performer.
Her work is informed largely by her feminist and racial politics which challenge stereotypes of the black female body and mainstream notions of gender.
She has been involved in various multimedia projects, collaborating with visual artists, fashion designers, theatre and television directors and poets and musicians.
Her seminal works such as Plasticization and They Look At Me & That’s All They Think have toured internationally over the last few years.
In 2013, Neli performed The Venus in Venice as part of Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive at the South African pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
In the same year, the film version of her acclaimed performance piece Uncles & Angels, a collaboration with Mocke J Van Veuren, was awarded the FNB Art Prize.
In 2016 she created Urban Mermaid which was performed at the Goodman Gallery 50th Anniversary and at Berliner Festspiele.
Her latest work Bang Bang Wo premiered at the Centre for the less good idea in 2017.