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IMBUMBA 2007 (article first published : 2007-05-16)

For one night only on May 16, The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre spotlight will focus on the exuberant expression of KZN's young dancers. Imbumba 2007, presented by KZN DanceLink in association with the National Creative Arts Youth Festival, is a showcase of new works created by award-winning and emerging choreographers to nurture young talent.

The diverse programme offers everything from contemporary dance and classical Bharatha Natyam to tap dance and traditional Zulu performance. An annual platform for dance development, Imbumba 2007 features short works by 13 choreographers, each of whom bring their unique style and creativity to the art of dance.

Included in the programme are Kantharuby, Cato Manor Vibe!!, IGugu Labasha Juniors, Uyaba Dance, Manormani Dance Academy, Kitsona's Kids, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre trainees and juniors, Stonebridge Cultural Movement, Hlanganani Traditional Orchestra, Minette de Klerk Dance Academy, Phenduka Dance Theatre and The Young Zulu Warriors.

The choreographers are Sbonakaliso Ndaba, Siya Cele, Lauren Engler, Sibusiso Cele, Neliswa Rushualang, Surialanga Dance School, Ntombi Gasa, Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo, Sanusha Govender, Thokozani Makhoba, Natya Vanar, Natya Sudhamayi Kumari Yshrene, Kantharuby and Musa Hlatshwayo.

Largely inspired by South Africa's rich cultural heritage, the dance pieces celebrate the fusion of traditional and modern styles.

Imbumba 2007 also pays tribute to the vision of the late Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, who conceived the festival as a celebration of the achievements and aspirations of the youth of South Africa.

Directed by young, predominately school-going people, the festival has achieved remarkable success in building understanding and participation among diverse communities.

Imbumba 2007 takes place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 19h00 on May 16. Tickets are available at the door.




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