Local dancer, choreographer and dance educator Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo has been announced as the recipient of this year’s “Eric Shabalala Dance Champion Award” which was established by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) and the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, in memory and recognition of dancer, choreographer and dance educator Eric Shabalala.
Karl Marx believed that revolutions push history forward. For each civil and social revolt, a society pushed closer and closer to his imagined socialist paradise. Neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci, corrected Marx, and said revolutions are not always necessary, all we have to do, to shift our lived conditions, is to stop consenting to the dominant discourses of capital. We have to stop buying the lies packaged and sold to us by governments eager for votes and corporations eager for financial power. In short, to uses Noam Chomsky’s phrase, we have to fight the political and social ‘manufacturing of consent’ that allows us to put up with things as they are and accept dire situations as ‘normal’.
Following on from the 2011 success of taking dance and art to the city centre, the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience hosts its second collaboration with eThekwini Municipality with a soulful seaside street party on the 31 August at the Beach front Skate Park (next to Minitown). Commencing at 6pm this mix of dance, live bands, markets, food and art in the park, is family friendly and a beautiful way of taking back Durban’s beach front for the arts! One of the few events taking place outside of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the JOMBA! Citysite-specific programme is one of the many highlights in this year’s JOMBA! festival, which is supported with principal funding by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
Surf, sea, skateboarders whizzing by, and the night of a full moon; the sound of a cello against the rip of the wave, a hip-hop beat as dancers move to the ancient rhythms of the tides. Breakdancers shift between light and video while a kathak storyteller spins into madness. JOMBA! City promises performances that shake our foundations; beautiful, edgy and very, very eThekwini!
14th JOMBA! CONTEMPORARY DANCE EXPERIENCE 2012 – GENERAL PRESS RELEASE
With principal support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust
Fund the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) presents
the 14th edition of its celebrated annual contemporary dance platform,
the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience between 29th August and 9th
September. This year’s festival invites dance lovers and the public to
explore the packed 12 days of exceptional performances, workshops led by
leading choreographers, and opportunities to engage some of the world’s
top dance makers as they “Talk Dance” after various performances.
JOMBA! fiercely holds onto its status as one of the few remaining
dedicated spaces in South Africa where dance and choreography remain
nurtured and supported, and continues to offer world class dance theatre
that challenges audiences; asking that they come to the myriad festival
offerings (performances, workshops and classes) with the intention to
be shocked, surprised, entertained and above all, to celebrate a
beautiful and critical art form.