International guests announced for JOMBA!

In a profound meeting of Europe and Africa, choreographers Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre and Helge Letonja of steptext dance projects (Bremen, Germany) join forces to create “Out of Joint” - to be performed at this year’s JOMBA! festival in Durban.

THE annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience presented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (within the College of Humanities) has announced its international guests for this year’s 19th edition which takes place in various venues around Durban from 23 August to 3 September.

This year’s festival promises a feast for dance and theatre lovers over 12 days with a programme featuring some of the world’s most innovative dance theatre work from South Africa, Africa and abroad, that promises to provoke, entertain, delight and challenge audiences. International companies featured include Germany’s steptext dance projects, Benin dancer and choreographer Marcel Gbeffa and INTRODANS from the Netherlands.

INTRODANS from the Netherlands will feature a ‘wonderland’ of works by choreographers Hans van Manen, Ton Wiggers, Cayetano Soto and Alvin Ailey’s new artistic director, Robert Battle at this year’s JOMBA! festival in Durban. Photo: Hans Gerritsen

The festival will take place at different venues around Durban: Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre on 27 August at 2.30pm (free entry), KZNSA Gallery on 28 August from 6pm (R50) and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on all other days with tickets on sale at Computicket or one hour before the performance (R60 or R45 for scholars/students/pensioners).

The 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is under the artistic direction and curatorship of Lliane Loots and is organised and hosted and run by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), and is supported primarily by the eThekwini Municipality.



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