Choreographic collaboration creates charisma at Jomba!
Dance lovers attending the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience in Durban have the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating collaborative work performed by MIDM tonight and tomorrow.
The work is choreographed by South African Sonia Radebe and Canadian Jennifer Dallas and performed by the Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) Company.
“Ngizwise” (a Zulu word meaning let me taste/help me listen) is the culmination of six weeks of gently crafting and honing the dancers’ artistic voices to develop a thought-provoking dance about four men revealing intimate stories of the past and projections for the future.
The hour-long performance sheds light on subjects of community, power, individuality and masculinity in a globalised modern society in a fun yet confrontational manner.
Radebe and Dallas offer a meeting of two dynamic female choreographers and their search for what is common and what is unique in their different styles and cultural contexts. Ngizwise is a deft and moving meeting between choreographers and dancers – cross-cultural, cross continent — as they begin to reveal the intimate stories of South Africa and the voices of the “born-free generation”.
Radebe graduated from the MIDM Community Dance Teachers Course in 2002 and joined the company the following year. Radebe is currently a senior dancer, choreographer and teacher at Moving into Dance Mophatong and for their national outreach.
Over the years Radebe has received many awards. These include the Gauteng MEC Award for most outstanding performance of a female dancer in contemporary style in 2008, Dance Manyano Female Dancer of the Decade in 2010, and she was named at one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to watch in 2013.
During her time with MIDM she has performed both nationally and internationally in countries such as USA, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark and Zimbabwe.
Jennifer Dallas who is a well-known choreographer in Canada founded Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects in 2008. Kẹmi is the name bestowed upon her by her mentor in Lagos Nigeria meaning “she who takes care of us”. Jennifer Dallas is currently the resident costume designer for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
MIDM Company dancers performing Ngizwise are Oscar Buthelezi, Teboho Gilbert Letele, Sunnboy Motau and Muzi Shili. Teboho Letele is also taking charge of the music.
Nadia Virasamy CEO of MIDM said “Ngizwise is a wonderful, welcome addition to MIDM Company’s repertoire”, while Sylvia ‘Magogo’ Glasser MIDM founder said “This beautifully crafted, imaginative work is full of delightful and evocative surprises”.
Radebe and Dallas’s work will be performed at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre as part of the 16th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience on 2 and 3 September. For more information go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za or like the Jomba Facebook Page.
JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) with valuable support from the eThekwini Municipality.