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JOMBA 2001 (article first published : 2001-08-9)

The Centre for Creative Arts is proud to launch its fourth annual contemporary dance festival JOMBA! 2001. In four short years JOMBA! has taken its place as a groundbreaking dance festival where Durban plays host to the poetry and politics of contemporary South African dance and choreography.

It is a space where Durban is given a chance to brush shoulders with the greats of local and international dance through performances as well as workshops, dance education projects, master classes and the numerous forums where JOMBA! “talks dance”. This year the CCA is proud to again welcome the partnership and support of FNB VITA in bringing JOMBA! alive.

FNB VITA commissions two established choreographers/dancers each year to perform their work at JOMBA! Recipients of these FNB VITA grants for 2001 are the controversial Robyn Orlin and the internationally-acclaimed Vincent Mantsoe.

Robyn Orlin will present her full length work Daddy, I've seen this piece six times and I still don't know why they're hurting each other, an astute and comical comment on our hybrid contemporary society! This choreographer has become somewhat of a high priestess of cutting edge South African dance theatre performance, creating work that breaks down the boundaries of fine art, dance, theatre and film. Daddy has successfully toured all over the world and JOMBA! is proud to host its first performances in Durban.

Vincent Mantsoe, one of the founder members of the Gauteng based Moving Into Dance, will perform three solos at JOMBA!. No stranger to Durban audiences, having performed at the 1999 JOMBA! festival, his increasing popularity and high calibre of African contemporary work has made him an icon in the search for a South African dance language. He has toured all over the world and won numerous local and international dance awards. He will perform his new work Motswa Hole which only recently premiered in Gauteng, as well as two old favourites Phokwane and Barena.

The key mission statement for JOMBA! is to support and nurture Durban's own local contemporary dance talent. This means that the CCA offers grants to local companies to create and premiere new work at the festival. This year sees the participation of award-winning local companies and their choreographers: Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company (David Gouldie); Flatfoot Dance Company (Lliane Loots); Phenduka Dance Theatre (Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Sifiso Kweyama), and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre (Jay Pather)

Also appearing on JOMBA! 2001 will be the exciting new Gauteng-based Vuyani Dance Theatre Project run by choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma. Vuyani is the meeting place of Maqoma'a own African heritage and the contemporary dance training he received in Brussels in the PARTS school under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaker. Vuyani interfaces European influences and sensibilities with a traditional African dance ethos!

Also appearing will be two wacky, alternative productions. The Wilda Dance Company from Copenhagen in Denmark presents The Exploded Man with choreography and artistic direction by Tim Feldmann. Valérie Berger (France/Reunion) and Sello Pesa (South Africa) have collaborated to create a duet called Everyday.

Every year FNB Vita and a committee of Durban choreographers select five young new choreographers to be recipients of the FNB Vita New Moves grant which helps facilitate the creation of a new work and promote new talent for the JOMBA! festival. These works will be performed on the September 2 at 19h00 and, if last year’s offerings are anything to go by, this is an evening not to be missed!

For the first time, the way has been opened for eight selected performances to feature on the JOMBA! Fringe which takes place on August 26 from 19h00.

In making a commitment to the idea of Dance For All, the CCA and FNB VITA are offering a comprehensive programme of workshops (see separate story).

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.

Further information from CCA on (031) 260-2506 or visit www.und.ac.za/und/carts/




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