Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

Durban’s much-loved Flatfoot Dance Company with celebrated dance-maker Fana Tshabalala, and legendary Vincent Mantsoe and Lulu Mlangeni feature this weekend (6-8 September) at the close out to the 21st JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience Festival at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN.

Fana Tshabalala, is the featured UKZN Mellon Foundation Artist-in-residence who has collaborated with the Flatfoot Dance Company in “amaVendors”, as they explore the journey of women and men who wake up every day to sell in the streets to provide for themselves and the loved ones.

Tshabalala will present his solo “Man”  inspired by the ideal kind of “Man” within society and how the roles and responsibilities have changed throughout  the years –  a new type of “Man” is emerging – gentle, sensitive, caring – a “Man” not afraid of express his feelings. “In light of the current situation and conversation in the country focused on the complicit and explicit role men play in the scourge raged against women and girls, this should make for an interesting piece  to watch and for discussion afterwards,” says Artistic Director, Lliane Loots.

Considered to be one of the founding fathers of South African contemporary dance Vincent Mantsoe, returns with the world premiere of his new work “SoliiDad, an abstract journey to oblivion”. This is a deeply personal journey into the very nature of being. Taking its impulse from Lao Tzu’s comment that, “a good traveller has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving”, Mantsoe’s exquisite solo is a journey into, and survival of, loneliness.

Mantsoe is set in a double bill with Johannesburg based Lulu Mlangeni –a young up and coming dance maker that is taking the country by storm. She will present her duet called “The Encounter” and it is a brave and unflinching contemporary journey into African spirituality and belonging. “The Encounter” is a dance duet that explores the timelessness of human spiritual ambivalence. 

Flatfoot and Fana Tshabalala perform on Friday, 6 September at 7.30pm and Mantsoe and Mlangeni on Saturday, 7 September at 7.30pm and Sunday, 8 September at 2.30pm at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN.

A free workshop will be conducted by Mantsoe, (who spends his time between France and South Arica teaching, choreographing and doing masterclasses) on Friday 6 September at 4.30pm at the UKZN Dance Studio. Booking is essential via jombafestival@gmail.com 

The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is presented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts with support from the eThekwini Municipality.

Tickets: R80 (Student/scholar/pensioner/group booking of more than x10): R60

Tickets available on Computicket.

Photo’s of Fana Tshabalala by Val Adamson