Media Release

JOMBA! Writing Residency - KHULUMA and BLOG

25 August - 6 September 2020


Fifty six participants, including university students as well as dance critics, curators and academics alongside a range of other working professionals from Durban (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Johannesburg (WITS), Chicago, London, will participate in the 2020 JOMBA! Khuluma Writing Residency during the JOMBA Contemporary Dance Experience which goes online from 25 August to 6 September.


The festival, presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, features over 25 dance-works from dance-makers from across the globe. 


This dance writing residency aims to provide senior students the opportunity to grow their skills as dance writers, while also experiencing the rigours of working as a festival journalist. Through a series of seminars and critical discussions, the Khuluma participants work throughout the festival, offering their thoughts and responses (both personal and analytical) to the dance works on show.  


The inaugural JOMBA! Khuluma Writing Residency took place in 2010 under the mentorship of veteran South African dance writer and journalist, Adrienne Sichel. In 2015, Clare Craighead, currently a lecturer in Drama Studies at Durban University of Technology, joined Sichel as co-host, and has subsequently taken on the duties of hosting and administering the platform on behalf of JOMBA!


This year marks the first digital JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience and has also prompted a three-country collaboration for the JOMBA! Khuluma platforms, which sees a meeting between South Africa, UK, and the U.S.A. 


Craighead is joined locally by long-time JOMBA! Khuluma collaborator Tammy Ballantyne (The Ar(t)chive, Johannesburg) alongside inputs from UKZN and JOMBA! alumni Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn from the School of Arts and Creative Industries, University of East London (UK); 2018 JOMBA! Khuluma co-facilitator and editor Lauren Warnecke from See Chicago Dance, Chicago (USA) and Associate Professor Raquel Monroe from Columbia College Chicago (USA).


Importantly too, the JOMBA! Khuluma, in line with the national agenda to redress and develop historically marginalised languages, has this year welcomed an isiZulu language editor and translator onto our local team – UKZN Honours graduate Lisa Goldstone – thus enabling our JOMBA! Khuluma platforms to be bilingual.  


For the daily previews, reviews, interviews, and blog posts go to the JOMBA! Khuluma blog at:


For the JOMBA programme and live streaming go to






Sharlene Versfeld
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