The 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, which opens tonight (Wednesday, August 23) and runs until Sunday, September 3, 2017 includes the much-loved JOMBA! Fringe programme featuring 10 new works by South African choreographers and dancers, and the delightful Youth Fringe, with works by professional dance-makers performed by youth groups.
The Fringe, which takes place on Tuesday, August 29 at 7.30pm at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, is an open performance platform that provides an opportunity for choreographers (some new to choreography and some professional dancers) to present their work in a professional environment with the support of a full technical team.
“This is one of the ways in which the JOMBA! festival offers assistance in developing dance and choreographic talent by offering open professional performance spaces,” explains Lliane Loots Artistic Director of festival.
The JOMBA! Fringe features works by Jabu Siphika and Flatfoot Dance Company’s Advanced Dance Development Programme (ADD FLATFOOT) (Durban), Bonwa Mbontsi (Pietermaritzburg), Jarryd Watson andDANCE MOVMENT (Durban), JC Zondi (Pietermaritzburg), Kristi-Leigh Jean Gresse (Durban), Lucia Walker(Johannesburg), Qiniso Zamandla Zungu (Johannesburg), Thobi Maphanga and Shelby Strange, Kirsty Ndawo and Horror Collective (Durban), Yaseen Manuel (Cape Town) and Vusi Makhanya KwaMashu School of Dance/Dusi Dance Company ( Durban).
The JOMBA! Youth Fringe, which takes place on Sunday, August 27 at 2.30pm at the Open Air Theatre at UKZN, is a celebration of over 20 KZN based youth dance groups and the incredible dance work that they are doing.
The line-up for this year’s JOMBA include Birthmark Dancers - Choreographer: Lerato Maphumulo (Umlazi E-Section, DBN), Tuck n' Tumble - Choreographer: Thobi Maphanga (Glenwood, Durban), Super Troupers - Choreographer: Bonwa Mbontsi (Slangspruit Primary School, PMB), LiveArt - Choreographer: Bonwa Mbontsi (Epworth, PMB), Phakama Youth Company - Choreographers: Sandile Mkhize and Nkhanyiso Kunene (Durban Central, DBN), Break-Thru Junior Elite Dance Company - Choreographer: Gabriel Masango (Durban), Junior KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre - Choreographers: Thandeka Maqebula, Sabelo Gumbi and Tebogo Mncwabe (KwaMashu) , KweSethu Project. Choreographers: Thandeka Maqebula, Sabelo Gumbi and Tebogo Mncwabe (Ntuzuma), Mtapo Project - Choreographers: Thandeka Maqebula, Sabelo Gumbi and Tebogo Mncwabe (Inanda), Mofu Project - Choreographers: Thandeka Maqebula, Sabelo Gumbi and Tebogo Mncwabe (Endwedwe), Amagugu (Danville Girls' High Dance Development Programme) - Choreographer: Musa Hlatshwayo (Durban North), Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble - Choreographer: Lucky Nonhlanhla Cele (KwaMashu), Siyakhula Dance Project (Flatfoot Dance Company) - Choreographer: Sifiso Khumalo (KwaMahsu),Project Hheshe Nsizwa (Flatfoot Dance Company) Choreographer: Jabu Siphika (Umlazi), Project Dudlu Ntombi (Flatfoot Dance Company) Choreographer - Zinhle Nzama and Thuli Khumalo (Umlazi), Waterloo Dance Programme (Flatfoot Dance Company) - Choreographer: Jabu Siphika (Waterloo), LeftFeetFIRST! (Flatfoot Dance Company) - Choreographer: Sifiso Khumalo (in partnership with the Open Air School), and William Clarke Gardens Dance Programme (Flatfoot Dance Company) - Choreographer: Thobi Maphanga and Gcina Shange (Sherwood).
Tickets for the Fringe are through Computicket or at the door from one hour beforehand. Entrance to the Youth Fringe is free. For the full programme go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za and click on JOMBA.