2020 JOMBA! Khuluma Digital
Lulu Mlangeni in The Encounter – Photo by Val Adamson
In 2010 the inaugural JOMBA! Khuluma Writing Residency was hosted under the mentorship of veteran South African dance writer and journalist, Adrienne Sichel. In 2015, Clare Craighead joined Sichel as co-host, and has subsequently taken on the duties of hosting and administering the platform on behalf of JOMBA!
The aim of the residency is to provide graduate students studying dance (mostly drawn from UKZN’s Howard College Drama and Performance Studies Programme), 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 young writers work throughout the festival, offering their thoughts and responses (both personal and analytical) to the work on show.
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), who joins us through her connection to See Chicago Dance.
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.