JOMBA! prances into town

In a profound meeting of Europe and Africa, choreographers Gregory Maqoma and Helge Letonja (Bremen, Germany) join forces to create “Out of Joint” - to be performed at this year’s JOMBA!  festival in Durban.
In a profound meeting of Europe and Africa, choreographers Gregory Maqoma and Helge Letonja (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 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, who will also perform at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in September following their JOMBA! season. JOMBA! hosts its usual platforms of the Fringe (August 29) with 10 new works of about 15 minute each, and the Youth Fringe (August 27), and a full programme of workshops and master classes by all of the participating dancers and choreographers.

The festival will take place at different venues around Durban: Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre on August 27 at 2:30pm (free entry), KZNSA Gallery on August 28 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).

For a full listing of the programme and workshops go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za and go to the JOMBA! page. The 19th JOMBA!

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