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FULL JOMBA! PROGRAMME (article first published : 2000-08-20)

The Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience 2000, presented by the Centre of Creative Arts at the University of Natal, Durban, in association with FNB Vita runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from August 21 to 27 at 19h00 with a matineť performance on August 26 at 14h30.

The event has been sponsored by FNB Vita, Interfund, Royal Netherlands Embassy, British Council, French Institute of South Africa, Association FranÁaise díAction Artistique and BASA (Business & Arts SA).

Opening night is Monday (August 21) at 19h00 with items from FNB Vita Grant winners Boyzie Cekwana and Jay Pather as well as UK choreographer Paul Douglas who has been workshopping a piece with Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company. The programme is Boyzie Cekwanaís shift with the Floating Outfit Project), Paul Douglasís Open Edge with FFFDC and Jay Patherís laws of recall with Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre.

On Tuesday (August 22), there will be a screening of British Dance on Film at the NSA Galleries from 12h15 to 13h15 to be opened by Gregory Nash, projects manager of the drama and dance department of The British Council in London. (See separate story). At the evening performance at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 19h00, there will be a repeat of shift and laws of recall. Also on the programme are trying to find our way home choreographed by Lliane Loots for the Flatfoot Dance Company and The Goatfoot God-Pan, Part 1: Beaten Stag and The Goatfoot God-Pan, Part 2: Fetish Dance both performed by ELU. There will be a short break before Steven Cohenís Limping into the African Renaissance. Audiences are reminded that Cohenís work carries an adult warning because of the sensitive nature of its content and the break is to allow those audience members who wish to leave to do so.

On Wednesday (August 23), there will be a repeat screening of British Dance on Film at the NSA Galleries from 12h00 to 14h00. The evening performance at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 19h00 features repeat performances of Paul Douglasís Open Edge and Lliane Lootsís trying to find our way home and two items in The Goatfoot God-Pan series. Other works in the programme are Borrowed Words by FFFDC resident choreographer David Gouldie and Tradition by Steven Cohen. (Please refer to warning in previous paragraph)

On Thursday (August 24), Steven Cohen and ELU will present JOMBA! @ the NSA from 12h15 to 13h30. The eveningís performance at 19h00 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre marks the launch of South Africa/Britain Dancing with performances by the London-based Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company sponsored by the British Council. Items include Palimpsest and Surface Tension both choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh. After the show, celebrate with the British Council and Jomba! in the foyer with a glass of wine.

Friday (August 25) will feature screenings of composer Kevin Volansís collaboration work with choreographers at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 12h15 to 13h15 hosted by Gregory Nash. The eveningís performance at the theatre at 19h00 sees a repeat of the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Companyís two items. Well-known dance critic Adrienne Sichel will conduct an open interview with Kevin Volans (formerly of Durban) and Shobana Jeyasingh after the performance.

At the matinee performance on Saturday (August 26) at 14h30, the programme features Paul Douglasís Open Edge with FFFDC and Jay Patherís laws of recall with Siwela Sonke as well as "Unusual Dialogues which is a collaborative piece produced by the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company working with Flatfoot Dance Company. Also on the programme are Pas Š Pas, a co-creation between Mourad Merzouki of Kafig and the Siwela dancers. After the show, Adrienne Sichel will host a choreographic forum with Shobana Jeyasingh, Jay Pather and Boyzie Cekwana. All festival choreographers will be present for further discussion and to answer any questions.

The highlight of the evening performance on Saturday at 19h00 will be Recital by KAFIG choreographed by Mourad Merzouki with the Kafig dancers. The rest of the programme includes trying to find our way home, Borrowed Words and laws of recall.

On Monday( August 28), KAFIG and Siwela will perform ďPas ņ PasĒ at the Austerville Community Centre in Wentworth at 19h00.

Sunday, (August 27), sees the introduction of the FNB Vita "New Moves Programme at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 19h00. These will be performed by choreographers who received assistance from FNB Vita to present works at Jomba!. The items are Traveler (Thulabona Mzizi); Escape Dangered Love Zone (Eric Shabalala); Ngila (Iím Here) (Ntombi Gasa); (Is it) Time to Say Goodbye (Quinton Ribonnaar), and I REALITY AM (Clare Bezuidenhout). The performance will be followed by the FNB Vita Dance Awards 2000 and the audience is invited to enjoy a glass of wine in the foyer after the awards.

Tickets at R20 (R15 students and pensioners) available at Computicket or at the theatre on the night. More details from (031) 260-2506 or visit http://www.und.ac.za/und/carts/




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