Teresa Phuti Mojela
Teresa Phuti Mojela was born and raised in Ivory Park and Limpopo Province. She is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and mentor; an aspiring director and producer; and the founder and director of Phuti Pedi Productions. Mojela started her acting and dancing career in 1999, and studied drama at Paul Rapetsoa Institute of Dramatic Arts. She was a student at Inzalo Dance Theatre, a trainee at Tribhangi Dance Theatre, a senior dancer at Vuyani Dance Theatre, and a teacher/dancer at Moving into Dance, Facilitates Let’s Move adult dance class in partnership with Market Lab. Mojela established Children Saturday Dance Class and Dance Infinity Project in Limpopo Province, funded by NAC; co-produced Bapa with Ntsika Ngxanga; choreographed Bapa, Artists With No Title and Pedi, produced by the Centre for the Less Good Idea, and was part of Season 2/Waiting for the Sybil (as Sybil) by William Kentridge; That Night of Trance by Ntshieng Mokgoro, Ankobia for NAF2017 by Vice Monageng/Omphile Molusi, Tribute to Maya Angelou produced by Market Theatre, Lingering collaborative work with Sonia Radebe, co-creator of Sold by Themba Mbuli for NAF2016 and Hani: The Legacy the Standard Bank GOLD Ovation award winners NAF2017. Mojela facilitated dance at JHB Sun City Female Correctional Service Centre and Communities, and taught movement to AFDA and Wits University physical theater students. She is currently a movement teacher at the Market Theatre Laboratory. Mojela has worked with different choreographers, directors, and writers, including James Ngcobo, William Kentridge, Shanell Winlock, Gregory Maqoma, Jerry Mofokeng, Napo Masheane, Phala Ookeditse Phala, Ntshieng Mokgoro, Robyn Orlin, Jayspree Moopen, Margaret Mokoka, Thabo Rapoo, Luyanda Sidiya, Mark Hawkins, Moeketsi Koena, Alfred Hinkel, Silvia “Magogo” Glasser, and Florent Mahoukou from Congo Brazzaville, and Javier Velazquez Cabrero from Mexico, to mention only a few.
She has toured Germany, India, France, Finland, Paris, Sweden, New York, and Italy, and appeared at Amsterdam’s Holland Festival as part of the Immerse@HF Program in dance residency.