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ALTERNATIVE COMPANIES FOR JOMBA! (article first published : 2001-07-22)

The contemporary dance festival Jomba 2001! is presented by FNB Vita and the Centre for Creative Arts. Two wacky, alternative companies and dancers have been invited to JOMBA! who are sure to challenge not only definitions of dance but also where it is watched.

The Wilda Dance Company, with choreography and artistic direction by Tim Feldmann, hail from Copenhagen in Denmark bringing with them their newest full length work The Exploded Man.

Coming from sell-out seasons in Europe, this work is described as an "elegant hybrid of many art forms - a circus-cabaret noir of high intelligence. The Exploded Man includes text, live music, singing, ballet, flamenco and dancing musician. The occasional video animation and even a river dance find its way to the stage!" This is kick-butt European dance theatre for those with a serious sense of humour!

Valérie Berger (France/Reunion) and Sello Pesa (South Africa) have collaborated to create a duet called Everyday. First performed at the FNB Vita Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, Berger and Pesa come to JOMBA! (with kind assistance from the French Institute) to perform their work at the NSA Gallery in Durban.

Created for an outdoor space, Everyday is a raw and beautiful work that explored the meeting of two incredible dancers and also the meeting of different spaces - inside and outside . and the simple need to survive it all.

Jomba 2001 runs from August 23 to September 2 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The festival is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: First National Bank, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Business Arts South Africa (BASA), Danish Centre for Culture and Development, Centre for Creative Arts, University of Natal, and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Booking is at Computicket. For further information contact the CCA on (031) 260-2506 or visit the website on www.und.ac.za/und/carts/




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