by Mr Anthony J Matsena in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th September 2018 we successfully raised £458 with 6 supporters in 28 days

Through this project we are hope to empower, explore, and inspire, accepting no substitute for curiosity or innovation.

by Mr Anthony J Matsena in London, England, United Kingdom

I am crowdfunding in the efforts to pay the amazing professional team of artist's involved in helping bring my ideas and work to life. They all deserve to be paid  for their extraordinary talent, time and effort that has gone into this production. The money will go towards paying for the hours of rehearsal, costumes and a performance fee for their involvement. I hope to raise a fraction of the money they deserve.

REGENERATE is an evening of dance, theatre and music performed at The Bunker Theatre, London Bridge.

The shows overview:

What choices do we have when the seemingly unattainable is all we have left? The only option is new growth: regeneration.

ReGenerate evolved from the process of bringing new vigor and life to an area after extreme loss. A stellar cast of performers push their limits in the hopes of consoling, conquering, and creating in a damaged world. 

We aim to bring forth an evening of dance, theatre and music in collaboration with playwrights Charlie Layburn and Shane David-Joseph alongside composers Stelios Antoniou and Lara Agar. 

ReGenerate will be presented alongside a reimagined version of MPT’s previous sell-out performance Aya(Out Of Options), as well as new work by Nah Jieying.

Meet the team:

About me:


 I am Anthony Matsena co-producer and director of this project. I am Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Matsena Performance Theatre. Established in 2017, the company creates work that draws upon highly physical movement, theatre work and text, as well as my background in African dance and hip-hop (krumping, popping, locking, breaking). On the 4th August 2017 the company premiered their first full evening of work Out Of Options (2017) at The Bunker Theatre, London. The companies work has also been shown at Sadler’s Wells Lilain Bayliss. I am also working with Sadler's Wells as a Young Associate Artist for the next two years, being commissioned for work in the Lilian Bayliss this October. I graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2018.

During my time in Wales Anthony i was a company member with National Youth Dance

 Wales, creating and touring works by Kerry Nicholls, Odette Hughes(Studio Wayne Mcgregor), Theo Clinkard, and Eleesha Drennan. Anthony performed Kerry Nicholls'

aM (2015) with the NYDW at Sadler’s Wells for ‘National Youth Dance Company & Guests

 — Apex Rising’. While training at LCDS, i have also performed works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Alston, as well as performing professionally in works by Joseph Toonga for Just Us Dance Theatre.


Charlie Layburn

1533818494_IMG-20180808-WA0005.jpgCharlie Layburn is the Co-artistic director of Three Tone Theatre Company. He is beginning his final year studying acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school and his other passions include writing poetry and the torment of supporting West Ham United Football Club. Before drama school, Charlie played Crooked Finger Jack in The Beggar’s Opera directed by Eve Shapiro at the Vanbrugh Theatre

Amukelani Matsena (Kel)

1533819520_kelza3___Be_SwSzHUJL___.jpgBorn in Bulawayo and brought up Swansea(Wales),Kel Matsena is Co-Artistic Director of Matsena Performance Theatre and Three Tone Theatre Company.. With as a strong interest in both theatre and dance, Amukelani pushes the companies creations to be more than just dance. Currently, at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Amukelani is furthering his interests in movement and acting and how these two can superimpose each other in creation and performance. Having a background in an array of forms of dance from folk and traditional dances all the way to ballet, he has been able to develop a unique way of moving. He has worked with National Youth Dance Wales for 3 years with choreographers like Kerry Nicholls, Neil-Fleming Brown and Eleesha Drennan. Kel's main aim is to create work where dance and theatre can be blended smoothly to present good storytelling. 

Shane David-Joseph

1533820024_FB_IMG_1533819907199.jpgCo-artistic director of Three Tone Theatre Company. Currently studying Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Before attending drama school Shane featured in The Railway Children at London King's Cross Theatre. Shane was also part of the musical theatre company Sharpe Academy of Theatre Arts, where he now teaches drama.

Associate Choreographer

JieYing Nah

Jieying Nah was born in Singapore in 1995. Prior to coming to London, Jieying started training as an artistic gymnast and a Chinese dancer. She moved on to Contemporary Dance and Ballet training for 6 years in School of the Arts, Singapore. Graduating with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, she moved on to becoming a dancer with T.H.E Second Company from 2011 to 2015. The is currently also a recipient of the National Arts Council Scholarship (Undergraduate) 2016. Jieying recently graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with BA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance.



George Frampton

1533821564_Screen%20Shot%202018-08-09%20George Frampton 21 from Cambridgeshire has been working with Matsena Performance Theatre for the past 2 years performing works such as “AYEA” and “SIMUKA” which was performed for Sadler's Wells Young Associates. She has also performed in “OUT OF OPTIONS” by the company which was performed here at the Bunker Theatre last year. George has just graduated from London Contemporary Dance School and is currently working with Avant Garde Dance as well as working with Anthony. She is looking forward to performing with MPT again and diving head first into her first year as a freelance dancer.

Cher Nicolette Ho


From Singapore, Cher moved to London for dance training at Lewisham college and have since graduated from London Contemporary Dance School. Cher has worked alongside collectives such as Just Us Dance Theatre, Feet off the Ground, Greenwich Dance, The Roundhouse for Circusfest and was part of The Grain with Avant Garde Dance. She also takes great interest in art, music, teaching and film for performance. Besides 'Regenerate' this year, she has worked closely with the company on 'Freyja' and 'Out of options' in 2017 and has also become a part of Anthony Matsena's Sadlers' Wells Young Associates show in October 2018. 

Harri Claxton


First joined 2faced youth group company in 2013 where he performed in ‘The calling’. Previously trained on the foundation course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Currently going into his third year at London Contemporary Dance School. Received the Duke of York scholarship award for excellence. Currently apart of Matsena performance theatre group and has performed in Sadlers Wells commissioned piece Simuka in 2017. 

Angelina Gorgaeva


Angelina Gorgaeva is from Russia, she trained at Sozvezdie School of The Arts(2009-2015). Worked in contemporary dance company in St. Petersburg (2016-2017). She began her training at London Contemporary dance School in 2017.

Bonni Bogya

1533822508_image1.jpegHungary/Romania. Started training in Ars Nova Team from 2000-2007 

2008-2015 Abigel School of Art Debrecen. Attitude Táncegyüttes 

2015-2016 training in the USA 

2016-2017 Budapest Dance Theatre Elit 

and in 2017 began training at London Contemporary Dance School.

James Gallego Olivo

1533822831_Screen%20Shot%202018-08-09%20James comes from a hip hop influenced background, into the contemporary dance world, combining many inspirations from both worlds, to form his unique improvisation/freestyle skills.


Lara Agar


Lara Agar is a composer and violinist from Suffolk, who’s work stems from both solo and collaborative practice including dance, theatre and visual arts. Recent collaborations include EXAUDI, the London Contemporary Dance School, National Youth String Orchestra, No Door Theatre Company and an ongoing project with visual artist Phoebe Pryor, on a project surrounding themes of listening, home, and reconnecting to their Suffolk roots. Lara is currently studying an MA in Composition with Paul Newland at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she has a scholarship, generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Stelios Antoniou


Stelios is a versatile  Producer, Drummer and Composer from Cyprus based in London. He spends loads of time experimenting with electronics, field recordings and ways to create interactivity between the listener and the piece of music.


Will Bridgland, 20 years old, is from the United Kingdom. He trained on at Place CAT scheme from 2010-2015, and graduated First Class Honours from London Contemporary Dance School in July 2018. 

Will has worked as a producer for Matsena Performance Theatre since September 2017.  He has performed with MPT in Anima Rose (2017), Our Own Roof (2018), and Simuka (2018).


Stage Manager

Luke Daniel Croston

is a technician in training from Leamington spa. He is this shows Lighting Designer, he designed MPT’s last summer show “Out of Options”. Luke has received professional training in technical theatre from Stratford-Upon-Avon College and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 1533827019_18057212_10213212098326312_51


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more


A personal message of thanks on social platforms of Matsena Performance Theatre and Three Tone Theatre Company

£20 or more


A signed photo of all the team involved and thank you on social media

£25 or more


Access to private links of rehearsal footage for upcoming projects.

£30 or more


A signed full DvD of the show, signed photo and a personal thank you message on social media.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed


Matsena Performance Theatre T-shirt, signed photo of from the team and a social media thank you message.

£40 or more


Access to 1 rehearsal before the performance and a social media thank you.

£80 or more


Access to all rehearsals for all projects from now onwards till the end of the year.

£100 or more


Credited Support on the programme note, social media and a signed photo from the team.

£150 or more


Access to all rehearsals for the year of 2018, a signed DVD of the show and credit as a supporter on the programme note and Social Media.

£300 or more


Credit on the programme and online as 'Executive Producer' , DVD of the show, a signed photo, access to company rehearsals for the year, access to private links of rehearsal footage, a company t-shirt and a massive thank you on social media

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