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Thursday, May 9, 2013


(A scene from last year’s Imbumba. Pic by Debbie Reynolds)

Fifteen of Durban’s top choreographers, over 250 young performers and two nights of joyous dance – it’s Imbumba and it’s at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on May 14 and 15.

Presented by KZN DanceLink and supported by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, Imbumba is a showcase of some of greater Durban’s best youth dance with styles ranging from tap, flamenco and Kathak to Bollywood, contemporary and hip-hop.

The artistic director is renowned Kathak dancer, Nandini Bookhan, who is KZN DanceLink’s administrative assistant and who also has a work in the show.

It features 21 new dance works especially created for the youngsters by the city’s finest dance talents, including DanceLink’s 2012 Choreographer of the Year Musa Hlatshwayo, Vusi Makhanya, Minette de Klerk, Sifiso Khumalo, Ntombi Gasa, Neliswa Rushualang and Linda Vargas.

KZN DanceLink chairman Lynn Maree said: “This year is our most ambitious Imbuma ever, with singers, live music, and giant casts. I travel from group to group, and see these committed young people from community dance groups, from training courses, from outreach programmes, from children’s homes, one even just come back from a European tour, all working with creative enthusiasm on their works for Imbumba. It is a heart-warming sight. They all deserve to be seen.”

Tuesday May 14: Flatfoot Dance Company’s ADD FLATFOOT programme, KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre (juniors), Durban Children’s Home, K-Cap Credance (juniors), Minette de Klerk Dance Academy, KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre (seniors), Pravika’s Kathak Kendra, uBuhle Besintu, K-Cap Credance (seniors), Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Academy.

Wednesday May 15: Minette de Klerk Dance Academy, Brights Sparks, Kerwin Wade, iGugu Lubasha Clermont (juniors), God’s Golden Acre, The Young Ones, iGugu Lubasha Saturday Girls, Nateshwar Dance Academy, Jarryd Watson, Dance Movement, Movement Laboratory.

Imbumba runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on May 14 and 15 at 19h00. Entrance is free but there will be a Pay What You Can box at the box office desk.