She had a Sinking Feeling 2004
The First Physical Theatre Company has been widely recognised for its artistic and education work. Gary Gordon has been the recipient of the 1994 FNB Vita Choreographer of the Year Award, the 1996 FNB Vita Award for Most Outstanding Presentation of an Original Contemporary Dance Work, and an FNB Vita Special Award for Choreography in 2000. He was also the recipient of the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor’ Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000, the 1989 Standard Bank Young Artists Award for Dance, and the Eastern Cape Premier’s award for Choreographic Excellence. The company has won two Standard Bank National Arts Festival Awards for Most Outstanding Poster Design. In 2003, First Physical was a finalist in the category Best Funded Project of the Arts and Culture Trust. In 2007, Acty Tang, a close affiliate with First Physical, was the recipient of the coveted Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance. Juanita Finestone-Praeg was also named Rhodes Woman of the Year, while in 2008, Tshego Tlholoe won the MEC Dance award for Most Promising Dancer in a Contemporary Style. Finally, 2010 saw First Physical becoming one of the first recipients of the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival for their collaborative Butoh work, Amanogawa. In April 2011, Juanita Finestone-Praeg received a Rhodes University Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
Ama-no-gawa Ovation Nomination NAF 2010