anthea moys

Artist, practice researcher, life-long learner, educator and fool.

I am an artist, lecturer, facilitator, and, more recently, practice researcher in the area of play and contemporary performance. 'Ambidlala' (ambi = 'both' or 'to go both ways' and 'dlala' = play in IsiZulu) is a new word for play studies that emerged during my practice research PhD. It refers to ambiguous play and is a reflexive methodology for play studies centered on anti-exclusionary and 'post'-colonial practices. As an educator, my artistic and scholarly work on play inspires my approach to learning and teaching contemporary experimental performance.

In 2013 I won the inaugural Standard Bank Young Artist award for performance art in South Africa (see here for the work that was made in response to winning this award). In 2015 I was part of the JOBURG MASSIVE collective and one of the performance artists selected as part of the Johannesburg Pavilion for the Venice Biennale. In 2017 I was one of three selected performance artists from Africa to participate in the ‘History Will Be Kind To Me for I Will Perform It’ traveling residency project in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. 


In 2018, for three months, I was a resident artist and researcher at The Capital of Children as part of the LEGO Foundation in Denmark where researched how to communicate dense information on play to a wide public. In February 2020 I facilitated a session ‘Play to Keep on Playing or Play to Win’ which played with ideas around power at the Wellcome Collection in London. 

All the faces you see on this website have willingly consented to be a part of each project and its representation. I am eternally grateful to each player for their willingness to share their energy, passion, wisdom, and mad skills with me!