Lukhanyiso Skosana is an actress, performance artist, vocalist, composer and theatre-maker born and bred eGqebrha in the Eastern Cape.
Lukhanyiso is trained in classical music and a variety of theatrical styles under acclaimed composers and performers Chireene Ferreira and Lionel Van Zyl. Their performance practice is founded on Fitzmaurice voice-work, the Sanskrit system of “rasa”, body mapping, and freewriting, under the guidance of Dr. Sara Matchett.
Lukhanyiso is currently completing their Honours at The University of Cape Town where they graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Theatre. She is an Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) Fellow for the ICA’s Online Fellowship (2020), where she debuted her short film titled The Exorcism of Mary Magdalene: A Sexual Resurrection (2021), which was also presented at the Live Art Arcade and later exhibited at the National Arts Festival and the Turbine Art Fair (2021). She has produced the musical scores for short films Isimo and Dwala Lam (2021) created by visual artist Sethembile Msezane.
Lukhanyiso is a Fleur Du Cap Award Winner for Best Original Musical Score & Performance for Womb of Fire (2018), a multi-award-winning production in which they perform alongside Rehane Abrahams and are directed by Dr. Sara Matchett. They were recently selected as a fellow for Manyano Media’s Black Girl Live Fellowship 2022.
Lukhanyiso is an ancestral being, governed by the physical and metaphysical realm. Their work is centered around the body as a site generating images and narratives for and through performance. The use of music sediments and ephemerality is a governing body in their personhood and artistic practice.