Mzo is a passionate teacher and choreographer and seasoned performer. He is Artistic Director of Sibonelo Dance Project which he founded in 2008.
Mzo trained with Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre where he later became a company member in 1998. Since
those early days as an aspirant dancer he has performed choreographed and taught extensively inside and outside of South Africa.
He performed at Womad Festival (Frititi, London and Spain), the opening of the Commonwealth Games (Uthingo, London), the
inauguration of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Frititi, London), the South African Festival in London and the Ghanian Music Awards (London). Other international performances have included The Jungle Book with Universal Shows (Dubai 2003), the Congo Fespam Festival
with Frititi (Congo 2004) and Porgy and Bess with Cape Town Opera (toured the UK in 2009 and Israel in 2010).
While at Siwela Sonke he performed many times in works such as Unclenching the Fist, A South African Siddharta (also performed at Grahamstown
Festival), NeWorks, Songa Dance Festival (2001 Madagascar), Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Burden of Proof (Phenduka Dance Theatre 2001), Dance and Tell Your Territories (a collaborative work with French artist Anne de Beaufort 2001) and made several
performances at the Jomba Festival including Laws of Recall which was also performed at the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella.
Gasa was nominated for the FNB Vita dance award for the most promising male dancer several times and won in 1998. He also received an
award in 2001 to choreograph his own work (Bond Again) for the FNB Vita Jomba Dance Festival.
Mzo has danced and, in some cases, taught and choreographed for the following companies in performances and workshops: Frititi (London, Director – Nii
Tagoe), Badejoarts (London, Director – Sir Peter Badejo OBE), Shikisha (London, Director – Julia Mathunjwa), Uthingo (London, Director – Eliot Ngubane), RJC (Leeds, UK), Bullies Ballerinas (London, UK), Kafig (France), Buzz Dance Theatre
(Australia), Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company (Durban, SA), Flatfoot Dance Company (Durban, SA) and Phenduka Dance Company (Durban, SA).
He has also taught choreography and dance for Theatre for Africa, primary and high school learners for the Western
Cape Department of Education (as dance teacher and artist in residence from 2008 until 2016) and open classes at Dance for All amongst others. Passionate about education, Gasa was a contributor to a South African textbook: Grade 7 Arts & Culture (Maskew,
Miller, Longman Kagiso imprint 2004).
Sibonelo Dance Project, which he founded and directs, performed at the Fanfest and Bellville Fan Park in Cape Town for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, at the opening ceremony for the Metropolitan Cup 2010, on the
main festival program for the Baxter Dance Festival a number of times, at the Artscape Schools Festival for the past 6 years (where Sibonelo Dance Project has been invited to perform in the final gala concert four times), in the Infecting the City festival,
at Jazzart Dance Theatre’s Danscape and Azishe, and at the Joseph Stone Theatre.
He also spent time at Jazzart Dance Theatre where he was a company teacher, rehearsal director and resident choreographer. During his time at Jazzart, he choreographed
or co-choreographed several productions including Biko's Quest, Destination Lerato and a number of other pieces.
Biko’s Quest has toured to the Eastern Cape, the Grahamstown Festival and Mozambique and was invited by Afro Vibes for a tour
to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as being performed for a season at the Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg.
He has also choreographed for a full scale collaborative production at the Joseph Stone called ‘Uhambo’, which
was well acclaimed and which he also organised and directed. This project was repeated in 2015 and 2016 (Uhambo 2 & 3) and was staged in townships around Cape Town.
He was granted MGE funding to produce a full scale production of ‘Ubunye’
which was performed in Langa and Khayelitsha along with dance workshops with local youth. This process resulted in the creation of the Sibonelo Dance Project outreach programme which sees almost 200 children and youth participating in classes at UCT
throughout the year on Saturdays. In addition, he still teaches many of these youngsters in Delft, Langa and Khayelitsha during the week. Sibonelo Dance Project has performed at the Infecting the City Festival on a number of occasions, as well
as the Baxter Dance Festival and various community festivals and events over the years.
In 2016, he choreographed a full length production called ‘Abangabonwa’ which has toured at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016, as well as around
the townships of Delft, Nyanga and Khayelitsha. The production won a Standing Ovation Merit Award from the NAF. In 2017, the production was also staged at the Cape Town Fringe Festival and Mzo won a FRESH Creative Award for choreography.
2018, he produced two new full length productions. Ukuzinza was produced for the Playhouse Company in Durban and got critical acclaim, full audiences and consistent standing ovations. Standing ovations and full audiences were also achieved at the
National Arts Festival 2018 in Grahamstown, where he staged Amaqhawe on the main festival programme.