Jomba! showcases screen dance work

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The first 2020 project to be supported by the newly launched Sustaining Theatre and Dance (Stand) Foundation is a partnership with the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts.

Four new screen dance works, created for the choreographic mentorship project, will premiere online on December 3 at 7 pm.

The works have been created by choreographers who have already tested their dance language on the Jomba! platform.

Sabelo Cele, Pavishen Paideya, Kaldi Makutike and Phumlani Mndebele were mentored by Alfred Hinkel, Gregory Maqoma, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Musa Hlatshwayo, all of whom are celebrated choreographers with numerous awards and decades of experience between them.

Sabelo Cele.

Cele’s dance film, Isabelo, offers a provocative ceremony that begins to unhinge the relationship of sexuality to traditional African philosophy. Challenging the heteronormative and legacies of Christianity in Africa, it is sure to provoke a lot of discussion.

Paideya also returns to his cultural traditions in Rupa, a work inspired by ancient Indian sculpture and customs around the shape and movement of the body.

Paideya has an ability to celebrate his diaspora Indian heritage but also to jolt it and offer the slightly unexpected.

Pavishen Paideya.

Makutike’s Thoughts In My Head is a deeply personal journey into his mind and the conversations we all have in our heads.

It is a beautiful and painful look at mental illness and depression, and the power of dance and dance making to be transformative.

Last, but not least, Mndebele’s dance film Descent Into Death is inspired by Howard Storm’s novel My Descent into Death, which captures his near-death experience and his experiences in a realm unknown to the living.

Lliane Loots, artistic director of the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, said she was overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication of the four selected choreographers and their mentors, and by the serious and important screen dance work they have made.

Phumlani Mndebele.
Kaldi Makutike.

“We are really pushing a new, growing screen dance genre in South African dance and it feels very significant to be helping artists to make work at this time,” she added.

Maqoma, chairperson of Stand, added: “We are really excited by this collaboration with Jomba! as it reflects Stand’s commitment to engaging in partnerships with serious players in the dance and theatre world, and our shared vision to build and support a new generation of outstanding dance and theatre-makers.”

To view the new works, go to the Jomba! YouTube channel. 

— Arts Editor.

• estelle.sinkins@witness.co.za
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