Flatfoot Dance Company’s KwaMashu based Project Siyakhula in performance at the JOMBA! Youth Fringe 2017. Picture: Supplied

JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience takes place from 29 August 2018 to 09 September 2018 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Presented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, JOMBA! provides a platform for professional, experimental and up-coming choreographers and dance companies within its Main, Fringe and Youth Fringe programmes.

The JOMBA! Fringe is an adult contemporary dance platform where eight short works of not more than 15 minutes each are selected and technically supported. A JOMBA! committee will select these works and this will depend on meeting the relevant criteria and the level of professionalism. This Fringe event takes place at UKZN’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on September 1.

The JOMBA! Youth Fringe is open to dancers under the age of 16 years. It is a supportive initiative for various ‘Dance Development’ projects operating in the province of KZN and provides a space to celebrate our up-and-coming generation of young contemporary dancers and dance practitioners. This event will take place at UKZN’s Open Air Theatre on 02 September 2018.

This year, JOMBA! joins forces with the Durban Arts Gallery (DAG) to present a very special site responsive dance event at the festival on 07 September 2018. 

This year there is a welcome addition of an open lighting for dance workshop on Monday 03 September 2018 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. 

Julie Ballard, Chicago-based professional theatrical technician affiliated with IATSE Local 2 and Actors’ Equity Association, and the Stage Manager and Properties Master for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will present this workshop for dance-makers, dancers and technicians. This workshop is free for 20 participants – but prior applications must be made.