Created by Simona Deaconescu in collaboration with Gaby Saranouffi (Romania and Madagascar)

Ramanenjana - Photo Adi Bulboaca
Ramanenjana - Photo Adi Bulboaca

Created by Simona Deaconescu

In collaboration with Gaby Saranouffi

Mentored by Mathilde Monnier

Performers: Haja Saranouffi, Maria-Luiza Dimulescu, Simona Dabija

Music: Olombelo Ricky

Costumes: Cristina Milea / Sarlatan

Light Design: Alexandros Raptis

Video: Kevin Deris, Simona Deaconescu, Carmen Tofeni, Cristian Pascariu 

Created following discussions with Olombelo Ricky, Michel Razafiarivony, Ray Amandreny Benoit Randrianasolo, Serge Henri Rodin, Domoina Ratsara, Guide Sebastian

Based on accounts described by Andrew Davidson, William Ellis, Marc Finaz, Andrianjanfy, G. H. Stagg, Pierre de Vaissière

Ramanenjana is a docufiction performance about a dance that made history. In Malagasy, Ramanenjana means something that makes you rigid but also something that makes you strong. Amidst diseases, social unrest, and healing rituals, this dance work critically discusses several versions of the same mass dance event. Following several years of research, Ramanenjana examines dance’s societal role and how colonialism may have spread misconceptions about an extraordinary movement. Collaborating with ethnomusicologist and musician Olombelo Ricky, choreographers Simona Deaconescu and Gaby Saranouffi, along with three performers, they playfully explore the Ramanenjana phenomenon using historical texts, dynamic hand gestures and ecstatic movement.

The participation of Tangaj Collective in the 25th edition of JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival is part of the cultural project Retrocontrol – Performative Documentaries on the Move, co-financed by the Romanian Cultural Institute through the CANTEMIR Programme – a funding program for cultural projects intended to be presented internationally. CANTEMIR Programme is a funding framework organised and financed by Romanian Cultural Institute. The project is also co-financed by AFCN – The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. Ramanenjana is co-produced by Tangaj Collective, CNDB – The National Center for Dance in Bucharest, and Forecast, with the support of I’TROTA International Dance Festival, Goethe-Institute Bucharest, The Romanian Cultural Institute, Goethe-Zentrum Antananarivo, The French Institutes in Romania and Madagascar, /SAC @ MALMAISON, Grizzly Film, in residency at PACT Zollverein and IFM Madagascar. 

Performance Venue: Stable Theatre - Tickets R80

JOMBA! in partnership with RE-ROUTING ARTS (Hilton)

JOMBA! is delighted to be partnering with ReRouting Arts once again as we open our dance programme to the Midlands community of KZN. ReRouting Arts started in 2019 as a site-specific, public spaces arts festival that aims to realise different art forms in alternate public spaces, while using the arts to build bridges and create dialogue between different socio-economic and cultural demographics. ReRouting Arts is a means of creating platforms for young local artists to perform, while also exposing them to the work of visiting professionals, locally, nationally and from the rest of the continent.

Performance Venue: St Anne's College Theatre - Tickets R80