Mmakgosi Kgabi


Mmakgosi Kgabi – (s)he/t(he)y aka Ouma – is a founding member of the Motherbox Organisation for Co-Operation in the Arts as well as the Grandmother Soul of multiple education. In the winter semester of 2019, she completed her Master’s degree in Solo/ Dance/Authorship at the HZT of the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch (HfS), in collaboration with TanzRaumBerlin, a professional dance scene network. Her research project dealt with language as choreography/dance, whereby the mouth as dancer opens up the possibility of an approach to “dance,” while the latter in turn approximates “language.” Kgabi has a strong and diverse track record as a writer, playwright, and spoken word artist, and, too, a keen interest in acting for the camera. She is a trained actress, performance coach, and theater and improvisation performer. She trained with Causing a Scene (Johannesburg), Performance of a Lifetime (POAL, NYC) and Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA). As well as six semesters of economics, she studied theater at Rhodes University, majoring in choreography, dance repertoire, and acting, and gained experience as a film and stage actress in South Africa and other countries. She also has a special talent for the organization, logistics, and implementation of projects and events, and currently works in the production office of HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin.