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Thursday, September 5, 2019


(Left: Fana Tshabalala. Pic by Val Adamson )

Durban’s much-loved Flatfoot Dance Company with celebrated dance-maker Fana Tshabalala, and legendary Vincent Mantsoe and Lulu Mlangeni feature this weekend (September 6 to 8) at the close out to the 21st JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience Festival at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN.

Fana Tshabalala, is the featured UKZN Mellon Foundation Artist-in-residence who has collaborated with the Flatfoot Dance Company in amaVendors, as they explore the journey of women and men who wake up every day to sell in the streets to provide for themselves and the loved ones.

Tshabalala will present his solo Man inspired by the ideal kind of “Man” within society and how the roles and responsibilities have changed throughout  the years -  a new type of “Man” is emerging - gentle, sensitive, caring - a “Man” not afraid of express his feelings. “In light of the current situation and conversation in the country focused on the complicit and explicit role men play in the scourge raged against women and girls, this should make for an interesting piece  to watch and for discussion afterwards,” says Artistic Director, Lliane Loots.

(Right: Vincent Mantsoe. Pic by Val Adamson )

Considered to be one of the founding fathers of South African contemporary dance Vincent Mantsoe, returns with the world premiere of his new work SoliiDad, an abstract journey to oblivion. This is a deeply personal journey into the very nature of being. Taking its impulse from Lao Tzu’s comment that, “a good traveller has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving”, Mantsoe’s exquisite solo is a journey into, and survival of, loneliness.

Mantsoe is set in a double bill with Johannesburg based Lulu Mlangeni – a young up and coming dance maker that is taking the country by storm.
 (Left: Lulu Mlangeni. Pic by Zivanai Matangi)
She will present her duet called The Encounter and it is a brave and unflinching contemporary journey into African spirituality and belonging. The Encounter is a dance duet that explores the timelessness of human spiritual ambivalence.

Flatfoot and Fana Tshabalala perform on Friday, September 6 at 19h30 and Mantsoe and Mlangeni on Saturday, September 7 at 19h30 and Sunday, September 8 at 14h30 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN.

A free workshop will be conducted by Mantsoe, (who spends his time between France and South Arica teaching, choreographing and doing masterclasses) on Friday September 6 at 16h30 at the UKZN Dance Studio. Booking is essential via

The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is presented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts with support from the eThekwini Municipality.

Tickets R80 (R60 students/scholars/pensioners/group booking of more than x10) available on Computicket.