The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and its JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience calls for abstracts, papers and digital participation in its 2nd JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES from the 25 – 27 May 2022.
Historians like Anderson and Hart (2016) have argued that archives cannot be neutral: they are sites of contestation and power. They state,
“What is selected for archiving, how it is presented and who is allowed to see it, are all ways in which power relations are maintained” (2016: 25).
These theories around the idea of archives are closely bound up with notions of context, politicisation, legitimacy and inequality – who has access to the artefacts, whose voice is the loudest or strongest, whose histories and memories are chosen to represent or stand as a symbol of a movement or moment in time? At the JOMBA! 2022 MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES we aim to understand and challenge how embodied knowledge is generated, owned, valued and distributed. We also aim to honour non-traditional forms of knowledge productions that include (amongst an evolving agenda), performance and various oral/embodied dance traditions that are specific to South Africa; critical attention to the body as archive, activisms; all in lieu of the traditional conference presentation.
The JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES are interested in opening space for Southern-based case studies and embodied discussion (in practice and theory) of hegemonic binaries can be/ should be broken down in ‘dancing archives’.
Vincent Mantsoe and Jabu Siphika – Photo by Val Adamson
Sifiso Khumalo and Nadine McKenzie – Photo by Val Adamson
by Dr Alan Parker
by Nadine McKenzie
by Thobile Maphanga
by Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn
by Sasha Fourie
by Coral Bijoux
by Smangaliso Ngwenya
by Kamogelo Molobye & Ayanda Khala
by ‘Tosin Kooshima TUME (PhD)
by Dr Kristina Johnstone & Julia de Rosenwerth
by Dr Gerard Samuel & Ebrahim Medell
By Hannah Ma
Paper 1: Kristina Johnstone: “Mapping artistic research as part of a decolonial choreographic praxis: The creation of an online cartography”
Paper 2: Gerard M Samuel & Ebrahim Medell: Death and the Merrim
Paper 3: Robyn Denny & Mamela Nyamza (collaborating artists): “an arch(iv)ing praxis: Hatched 2015 || 2007-2018/2015-2022”
“The choreographed politics of intimacies”