26 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :39

JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience set to Enthral Audiences

JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience set to Enthral Audiences
Dutch company, INTRODANS, joins JOMBA! showcasing dance works from their award winning repertoire.

The 17th annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, presented by The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities, opens at UKZN on 26 August and continues until 6 September.

This year’s JOMBA! is an international and national treat for dance and theatre lovers with dancers, dance companies and choreographers making their way to Durban from all corners of the globe to present some of the world’s best dance theatre work that will provoke, entertain, delight and challenge.

With the long term vision of using the JOMBA! platform to honour the African continent and to continue to make artistic connection with the rest of Africa, the festival opens with two works from West Africa. Lagos-based Nigerian choreographers Adedayo Liadi and Qudus Onikekeu will present the world premiere of their new duets called City of God, City of Man.

This is followed by the dance theatre vision of Democratic Republic of Congo-based Faustin Linyekula who showcases his internationally acclaimed solo work: Le Cargo.

Supporting the local dance industry, JOMBA! presents Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre and its controversial offering Rite, directed and conceptualised by Jay Pather.

A collaboration between Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre (Chicago, USA) and Durban’s celebrated FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY also features at the festival.

Dutch company, INTRODANS, joins JOMBA! to offer a stellar programme (three performances only) of dance works from their award winning repertoire. They have titled their JOMBA! 2015 programme JOY4DANCE.

artSpace (Durban) Gallery will see Nhanhla Mahlangu perform his acclaimed work CHANT.

The JOMBA! Youth Fringe takes place at the UKZN Open Air Theatre (entrance is free) and is a celebration of over 20 KwaZulu-Natal-based youth dance groups and the incredible dance work they are doing.

JOMBA! also presents a full programme of workshops and master classes by all of the participating dancers and choreographers. And a first for JOMBA! is a special dance lighting workshop hosted by USA-based Christian Epps, who is offering the dedicated lighting workshop for choreographers at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on 31 August.

For a full listing visit the JOMBA page on www.cca.ukzn.ac.za. The workshops and classes are offered free of charge but booking is essential.

Tickets for JOMBA! are R60 reducing to R45 for scholars, students and pensioners. Book through Computicket or at the venue from one hour before the shows.

All performances will be staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 19h30 except on Wednesday 2 September at 18h30 where the performance is at artSpace (Durban)

For more information go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za and join us on Facebook (JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience) and Twitter (Twitter@Jomba_dance).

Melissa Mungroo

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