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Saturday, August 25, 2018


The annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience will host a variety of workshops open to the general public from August 29 to September 8, 2018, at various venues around Durban.

JOMBA! is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts and celebrates its 20th edition this year under the theme Legacy. These workshops fall within the festival’s ongoing endeavours to develop the South African contemporary dance landscape, and are offered free of charge to participants. However, booking is essential as places are limited. Unless otherwise stated, these workshops are open to dancers 18 years and older of all abilities.

An Afrofusion session for youth from 6 to 18 years of age conducted by Johannesburg-based Moving Into Dance Mophatong kicks off the workshops at KwaMashu Sports Hall on August 29 from 16h00 to 17h30. On the same day, other dance-makers from Moving Into Dance Mophatong will conduct an Adult Afrofusion session from 16h30 to 18h00. This and all other workshops take place at the UKZN Dance Studio, Drama Studies Practical Block.

From India, celebrated dance-maker Anita Ratnam will facilitate a workshop on September 1 from 10h00 to 12noon. This choreographic workshop looks at some of the styles and techniques that Ratnam uses to create her dance work. No prior knowledge of Indian classical dance is needed for this workshop.

Award-winning Durban dancer and choreographer, Musa Hlatshwayo will facilitate a session which focuses on growing the lexicon of dance language that includes an encounter with both traditional and African contemporary dance styles. This workshop takes place on September 4 from 16h00 to 18h00.

Malagasy dance-maker Gaby Saranouffi and South Africa’s Moeketsi Koena will facilitate a workshop that will look into exploring some of the unique contemporary styles and techniques that are seen at the confluence of their collaborative dance work. This takes place on, September 6 from 17h00 to 18h30.

Spain’s extraordinary Aida Colmenero Diaz takes a session on September 8 from 10h00 to 12 noon where she will explore her African dance and Spanish roots in a fire-filled and energetic workshop.

Swiss choreographer and dancer Ioannis Mandafounis will facilitate a closed workshop between with 12 invited young professional Durban dancers where he will be pushing technique and improvisational skills.

To book a place at one of the workshops, email no later than two days before the workshop itself.

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