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Jay Pather is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, and Artistic Director of the Dance Theater Company Siwela Sonke. A Fulbright Scholar, he read for an MA in Dance Theatre at New York University and has seen his work travel widely; extending across discipline, site and culture. He has collaborated with visual artists, architects and urban planners, since 1984, taking his inter-cultural performances into public spaces and working with the architecture of Johannesburg, Durban, London, Zanzibar, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, Mumbai, Muscat, New Delhi, Copenhagen and Cape Town.
Pather has presented papers at, amongst others, the African Knowledges Workshop, the School for New Dance in Amsterdam, the International Leadership Forum at Aix-en-Provence, the UNESCO Conference on Art Education in Africa, at the Territoires de la création Conference in Lille, the Metropolis Conference in Copenhagen, the World Cultural Forum in Brazil, the African Urbanism Colloquium in Cairo and at the International Theatre Institute in London.
Pather has served on the National ACTAG, the Arts and Culture Trust of the President of South Africa, the Advisory and State Theatre Board and the delegation investigating cultural exchange with Cuba. In 2006, he was appointed onto the National Arts Festival Committee and elected as Chairperson for the Performing Arts Network of South Africa. In 2007 Pather was appointed co-curator for both the Spier Contemporary Exhibition and the Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town.