JOMBA! Masihambisane Dialogues #2

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JOMBA! Masihambisane Dialogues #2 - free online Colloquium for dance-makers, dancers, researchers and academics


The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, and the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience presents their second annual edition of the JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES #2 a free three-day online dance colloquium on YouTube which runs  from 25 to 27 May 2022.

Aiming to support the growth of scholarship and dialogue as it effects the evolving development of dance, physical performance and its relationship to history, memory and our current society, these 2022 dialogues take the theme of “Dancing Archives”.

“The purpose of these dialogues is to stimulate robust discussions and debates over ideas of how embodied dance archivists (artists, scholars and curators) can be agents of change in how they create and think about an archive,” explains Dr Lliane Loots, a lecturer at UKZN and the Chair  of the Colloquium Steering Committee. “We want to look at how and what is remembered, and this specifically in decentring capitalist, heteronormative, able-bodied patriarchy within the frames of, amongst other ideas, decoloniality and postcoloniality.”

Keynote speakers include Nadine Mackenzie from Unmute Dance Company, and she is joined, over the three days of the colloquium, by artists like Gregory Maqoma, Sonia Radebe, David April and Vincent Mantsoe. Continental voices, specifically looking at the role of dance festival in re-making African archives, include Quito Tembe (Mozambique) and Adedayo Liadi (Nigeria).

The dialogues also welcome a range of local and international young and established dance and performance scholars who will be sharing their works and ideas on this digital platform in carefully curated sessions. The final outcome of the dialogues will be an edited collection of papers (both written and digital) that will freely be available in the JOMBA! MASIHMABISANE archives to read and watch.

The international editorial and steering committee include Dr Mbongeni Mtshali (UCT), Prof Yvette Hutchison (University of Warwick, UK), Clare Craighead (DUT), Dr Sarahlegh Castelyn (University of East London, UK), Dr Lliane Loots (UKZN), Gift Marovatsanga (UniZul), David April (UP) and Thobile Maphanga (UKZN).

The JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE 2022 DIALOGUES will be livestreamed on 25, 26 and 27 May to the JOMBA! YouTube Chanel and can be accessed free of charge:

There will also be a closed ZOOM IP for direct participants and for those who wish to apply to join and be present in the DIALOGUES room. To apply for direct access and to be present in the digital ‘room’ please contact Thobile Maphanga on

Please also access the full three-day programme via: 


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