THE annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, celebrates its 20th edition with the theme ‘Legacy’, from 28 August to 9 September at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, with special performances at the Open Air Theatre and the Durban Art Gallery.
This year’s JOMBA! sees dance companies and choreographers making their way from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Spain, Switzerland, India, USA and Madagascar to join Durban companies in a programme of innovative dance theatre work that promises to provoke, entertain, delight and challenge.
This years edition also has a strong focus on ‘Durban Dances’ and offers unprecedented spaces for the evolution of eThekwini’s dance community.
JOMBA! also hosts its first major partnership with the Durban Art Gallery on Friday 7 September at 6pm.
Titled ‘[email protected] DAG’, this free event sees the DAG spaces offer an alternate kind of challenge to dance-makers and for those intrepid artists who work outside of the traditions of the proscenium arch.
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Usual festival favourites will include the Fringe and youth fringe as well as a full programme of workshops and master classes by all of the participating dancers and choreographers.
For the full festival programme and listing of workshops go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za and click on the JOMBA! page. All workshops and classes are offered free of charge (dancers over 16 years only) but booking is essential.
Most performances take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 7.30pm (9 September at 2.30pm) with the youth fringe at the Open air Theatre UKZN on 2 September at 2pm.
Tickets at the Sneddon Theatre are R80 or R60 (scholars/students/pensioners/block booking of 10 or more). Booking is through Computicket (or at venue from one hour before). Durban Art Gallery and Open Air Theatre are free events.
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