THE JOMBA CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL RESUMES
*Caption: Some of the performance at the opening night
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene
Jomba is a platform that supports fresh and innovative contemporary dance work, presented by the Centre for Creative Arts and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
JOMBA Contemporary Dance Experience 2016 Youth Fringe put off a spectacular performance at the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre at UKZN Howard campus, on Sunday.
Youth Fringe featured works by the development programme to discover a new generation of dancers. The work is a result of a dialogue between details of movement to represent vulnerability of the dancer, the body of the dancer and the beauty of telling a story poetically through dance.
“It not a school-based programme to a specific school, it a youth programme for anyone to join,” said Zinhle Nzama, one of the programme choreographers. “We hold 3 main events for the dancers and JOMBA is one of their most exciting dance experience.”.
The opening was on Wednesday the 24th of August at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. It saw a duet called ‘MAMAZA’ created by a swizz company Ex Nihilo (Latin for ‘out of nothing’) based in Marseille who broke down traditional barriers existing in theatre.
Jomba’s Artistic Director, Lliane Loots, congratulated all the dancers for their hard work.
Loots also had the opening show with her choreography ‘’ELFO EFI” with Loannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazilah.
“There is a whole lot of activities that will be happening throughout the dance festival, including the Youth Fringe that happened on the 28th August,” said Loots. “We do a whole lot of community-based development programmes and JOMBA is a platform for the youth and grooming of the next generation of dancers.”
Loots also added that it is not only about the main performances in the theatre, but it is a contemporary dance festival for growth and development.
With the festival ending in September 4, more performances are scheduled to take place throughout the week in honour of the African continent. Locals are encouraged to go and enjoy the show.