DIGITAL JOMBA! 2020 is very proud to have commissioned nine KZN based dance makers to create digital screen dance work to premier at the festival. Challenged to work with the theme “Intimacies of Isolation”, the dance makers were offered some digital technical support by the JOMBA! Production Manager (Wesley Maherry) but other than this, the work is their vision and making. There are different modalities of filming, from cell phone to cameras; and all were welcomed. At this ‘holding room’ time in history, JOMBA! is proud to play a part in supporting artists to re-imagine their creativity and their dance work for a digital space. After opening night on the 25th August these nine works will be available to view directly from this page.
Jabu Siphika – Photo by Val Adamson
An intimate and terrifying exploration of gender-based violence and what it means to be trapped in the home.
Dancer/Choreographer: Jabu Siphika
Camera: Gabriel Masango
Jabu presently works with Flatfoot Dance Company as a senior dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her role also includes facilitating community dance engagement projects in KwaMashu, Umlazi and in Waterloo for the company. Over the past 5 years she has steadily been growing her choreographic voice as a serious South African dance maker with a deeply felt sense of women’s issues.
Kristi-Leigh Gresse – photo supplied
An exploration of an artist’s state of mind in isolation. It is a journey through this maze in search of light.
Dancer/Choreographer: Kristi-Leigh Gresse
Kristi-Leigh is emerging as a bold young Durban dance maker; technically strong and with a bold signature look, she is unafraid! Her latest achievement was winning the Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award for her production “Sullied” at the National Arts Festival in 2018. Due to this award “Sullied” has also been staged at The Brighton Fringe festival as part of the Pebble Trust: International Touring Bursary. “Sullied” went on to win the South East Dance Award at the festival in 2019.
Legan Peffer – photo supplied
A personal explorations of when passion and purpose meet. In love, in anger, in deceit, in loss as in failure, this work interrogates how life allows us to face struggle.
Videographer/Editor: Ntuthuko Mbatha
Dancer/Choreographer: Leagan Peffer
Ballet trained, Leagan, became a Playhouse dance Residency dancer in 2012, with hard work and determination she later became the founder and CEO of KZN Dance Productions NPC, Director of Phakama Dance Theatre. Her classical grace and courageous on-stage presence make her a dancer to watch and she is now stretching her choreographic legs as well.
Nomcebisi Moyikwa – photo supplied
U n g a n y a k u m
This work is an experimental multidisciplinary contemplation; a devotion; a prayer decomposed. It is an engagement with silence – demonstrated by blank spaces. It is an intentioned meditation that seeks evidence for this question: What does it mean to insist not to die?
Text: Mlondiwethu Dubazane, Khwezi Becker and Yanelisa Mbana
Score: Nomcebisi Moyikwa and Yanelisa Mbana.
Director and Videographer: Nomcebisi Moyikwa
Human beings: Nomcebisi Moyikwa and Yanelisa Mbana.
Nomcebisi is a mother, researcher and an internationally acclaimed artist. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu -Natal (Howard College). Her intense journey into magic realism, black surrealism, Decolonisation and Gender studies, make her a visionary dance and performance maker with a unique voice.
Kukho umntu oze
Sandile Mkize – photo supplied
An exploration of history, forefathers, revolution and ways of being under COVID-19 and a seeking for our humanity.
Camera: Ntuthuko Mbatha
Choreographer: Sandile Mkhize Dancer: Cue Ngema
Sandile stated out as a pantsula dancer and via training with Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, has become one of Durban most notable and athletic dancers. He is now one the founding members of Phakama Dance Theatre and works as the Artistic Director of the company. He has been developing a profound voice as a choreographer, most recently his award-winning work, “If the world was listening”.
Sifiso Khumalo – photo by Val Adamson
A deeply intimate exploration of a father daughter relationship set against the separation imposed by COVID-19 and the lock down.
Dancers and choreographers: Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo and his daughter, Lethiwe Zamantungwa Nzama.
Sifiso is currently working under FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY since 2006, and has performed intensively with the company ever since, working not only in Lliane Loots’s works but also with guest choreographers to the company. Within FLATFOOT, he is a facilitator and dance teacher in the company’s dance development project in KwaMashu (Siyakhula Dance Project) and in Uthukela. For the past 5 years he has steadily been growing his own choreographic voice in work that delves head first into issues around black masculinity.
Tegan Peacock – Photo by Jonathan Burton
CONTORL – ALT – DELETE
This short film offers an intimate exploration of the struggle with control or the loss of it. Both internally and externally our lives have been radically altered and everyone is fighting to regain control and find a new normality …
Collaborators: Tegan Peacock and Jono Hornby
Choreography: Tegan Peacock
Muralist and Illustration: Jono Hornby
Tegan is a performance artist and creator, currently based in Pietermaritzburg. She founded, performed and choreographed for ReRouted Dance Theatre and as an independent artist, Tegan has been included in residency programmes that have allowed her to work and learn from diverse artists including: Boyzie Cekwana; Desire Davids and Faustin Linyekula. In 2019, Tegan conceptualized and actualized the first ReRouting Arts Festival in Pietermaritzburg.
Tshediso Kabulu – Photo by Val Adamson
SPACE OF COLOUR
Is an unflinching exploration of race and its intersection with class in an intimate look at poverty and the uneven distribution of power and resources In South Africa set against the backdrop of isolation and the COVID pandemic.
Dancers: Tshediso Kabulu and Motlatsi Khotle
Poetry: Khwezi Becker
Music: Anelisa Stuurman
Tshediso was born and raised in Welkom, but lives and resides in Durban! A full-time professional performer, dance educator, choreographer and founder of Afro Urban Dance Junxion, Kabulu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Statistics but amongst all odds still pursued his passion and calling for performing arts and the entertainment industry. His well know African fusion hip hop dance hall contemporary style …. makes him a unique and gifted dancer!
Zinhle Nzama – Photo by Val Adamson
Is an intimate look a friendship and the validations of having someone there for you always; even when you cannot hold hands in a world that now asks for distancing.
This work is performed by two bodies: Zinhle Nzama and Kirsty Ndawo.
Zinhle presently works with Flatfoot Dance Company as a senior dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her role also includes facilitating community dance engagement projects in Umlazi and in Waterloo for the company. She has primarily focused on being a performer but in the last 3 years has begun to spread her choreographic wings in work that is deeply personal and engaged with the inner life.