Minister Pallo Jordan Congratulates Renowned Choreographer Robyn Orlin

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27 Feb 2009

Accolades are in order for Robyn Orlin who is being made a Knight of the French National Order of Merit in recognition of her remarkable creative contribution to the arts.

Since the early 1980’s Orlin has worked in the Market Theatre precinct which was the hub of artistic life in Johannesburg. It was very much an anti-apartheid activist place. As an activist, Orlin joined the Federated Union of Black Artist Academy where she created a contemporary dance section and choreographed and facilitated works during that period.

In 1990 Orlin was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the USA where she attended The School of Art Institute of Chicago. When she returned in 1994 she joined the Market Theatre Laboratory teaching youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Orlin built up a reputation for working on difficult and complex current issues in South Africa. She has engaged and fought for the condition of women, social abuse, homelessness, awareness on HIV-Aids and for tolerance and inclusivity. She creatively worked through mixed media, making her presentations quite unique. The apartheid regime banned some of her pieces.

Orlin has become known internationally and has performed in various countries, becoming popular in many of these. We are proud of Robyn Orlin, a South African receiving this prestigious award from France. It is a testimony of the calibre of artists from South Africa that are being recognised internationally. May Robyn Orlin continue with her creative impulse reaching further heights.