Sifiso ‘Magesh’ Ngcobo wins 2017 JOMBA! Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award

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Winner of this year’s JOMBA! Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award, Sifiso ‘Magesh’ Ngcobo, with Lliane Loots, artistic director of JOMBA! Photo: Val Adamson

KWAZULU-NATAL choreographer and dancer, Sifiso ‘Magesh’ Ngcobo, received the 2017 JOMBA! Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award at the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban on Thursday, August 31. Continue reading

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JOMBA! dance project, ‘Cardiac Output’, provides a creative platform for all

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Karl Hebbelmann with Zinhle Nzama in rehearsal for ‘Cardiac Output’, which is being performed at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on September 3. Photo: Val Adamson

DURBAN-based, Flatfoot Dance Company and Adriaan Luteijn, from the Netherlands-based INTRODANS Dance Company, together with four dancers with Downs Syndrome, are blazing a new trail for dance in South Africa.

Their collaboration, Cardiac Output, will be performed at the 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban on Sunday, September 3 at 6 pm. Continue reading

Exploring the world of post-feminisim through contemporary dance

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Lorin Sookool will be performing her work ‘BAD’ at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.

SHARP and witty, Lorin Sookool’s solo show, BAD, is expected to be one of the highlights of this year’s JOMBA! KZN on the Edge at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

The work, one of three being performed in the main gallery space at the venue from 6 pm on Monday, August 28, explores the notion of post-feminism in our image-obsessed, web-empowered generation. Continue reading

Contemporary dancers from Africa and Europe set to wow at Jomba!

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Nqubeko Ngema (left) and Njabulo Zungu will perform Mdu Mthsali’s new work, ‘Alive kids’ at Jomba!.

DANCERS from South Africa, the African continent and Europe will be showcasing their work at the 19th annual Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, which runs at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus in Durban from August 23 to September 3. Continue reading

Award-winning theatre on offer in the SA Women’s Arts Fest at the Playhouse

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Mpho Osei Tutu and Ilse Klink in Scorched. Photo: Jane Berg/CuePix

AS part of its celebrations for Women’s Month in August, the Playhouse Company in Durban will present its famed South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).

Now in its 21st year, the festival, which runs from August 10 to 19, features a host of award-winning dramas, including the Naledi Award-winning productions, Suddenly The Storm and Scorched. Continue reading

French honour for Durban dancer and choreographer, Lliane Loots

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Durban dancer, choreographer, and arts activist, Lliane Loots, has received the coveted Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government.

In acknowledgement and celebration of Loots life’s work in growing, making and supporting dance in South Africa, and in conjunction with the support she has offered to French artists visiting and working in South Africa, this Knighthood was gently and beautifully bestowed by Ambassador Christophe Farnaud on his very first visit to Durban. Continue reading

Durban’s Flatfoot Dance Company to perform ‘Sadhana’ at the Playhouse

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The Flatfoot Dance Company in full flight. Photo: Val Adamson

The Flatfoot Dance Company presents Sadhana at the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban from March 23 to 26.

This is the newest offering from the acclaimed team that created the award-winning Bhakti. Choreographed by Lliane Loots, the work steps boldly into Eastern mystical philosophy and its confluence with African rhythms and dance, creating a dance theatre feast for the senses. Continue reading

The 18th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience set to delight, provoke and entertain Durban dance fans

MAMAZA – from Switzerland in duet “EIFO EFI” with dancers Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah

Mamaza, from Switzerland, in the duet “Eifo Efi” with dancers Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, presents its 18th annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre and KZNSA Gallery from August 24 to September 4. Continue reading