JOMBA! CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL
27 August to 8 September 2019
The JOMBA! Festival – which celebrates its 21st edition in 2019 – is South Africa’s premier space for the growth and development of young Durban, KZN and South African dancers and choreographers and for bringing Durban audiences the global world of dance. JOMBA! is globally recognised as the premier African dance festival and, for artists participating, it has a reputation for being a serious and nurturing space for dance development. JOMBA!’s 21-year sustained history has put Durban on the global dance map!
The curatorial vision for JOMBA! is four-fold:
1. To support the development of Durban and KZN-based dancers and choreographers and this is done by various performance grants to local Durban artists, and the creation, within JOMBA!, of various platforms that support KZN artists; platforms like KZN ON THE EDGE, the JOMBA! Fringe and the JOMBA! Youth Fringe.
2. To create a platform to showcase and invite current South African dance theatre works that are breaking boundaries, causing controversy, and offering performance excellence.
3. To create a space in both contemporary performance and in residencies/workshops/ collaborations to connect Durban and South Africa to our African continent, making JOMBA! a platform that constantly supports African dance work of excellence.
4. To link Durban dancers and audiences, via the JOMBA! platform, to international dancers, choreographers and dance companies that are cutting edge, innovative and inventive. This includes dance companies and choreographers from, amongst other global spaces, USA, Europe and more recently, India.