2020 Photo Contest, Portraits, 3rd Prize

Musa’s Struggle and Search for the Stage


Alon Skuy

Sunday Times

18 September, 2019

Professional dancer Musa Motha, who dances on crutches, poses after a practice session in Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Musa was a rising football player when, at the age of 11, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that affects young people in particular and produces immature bone. As a result, his leg was amputated below the knee. Musa refocused his ambitions on his love for music, and took up dance. He has learned how to use gravity and his crutches, together with the physical flexibility he learned as a football player, to perfect his moves. He performs with the Vuyani Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company in Johannesburg.

About the photographer

Alon Skuy

Alon Skuy, a photojournalist born in Johannesburg, is the chief photographer of the Sunday Times and The Times in South Africa.    After completing a course at The ...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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