Ramanenjana – a docufiction dance work from Madagascar/ Romania at JOMBA!  in Durban and Hilton

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The Centre for Creative Arts and University of KwaZulu-Natal

Ramanenjana – a docufiction dance work from Madagascar/ Romania at JOMBA! in Durban and Hilton

2 and 4 September 2023

Ramanenjana - Adi Bulboaca
Ramanenjana - Adi Bulboaca

Ramanenjana – a docufiction dance work from Madagascar/ Romania will be performed at the 25th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience at The Stable Theatre Durban on Monday 4 September at 7pm and at St Anne’s College in Hilton on Saturday, 2 September at 7pm.

Ramanenjana is a docufiction performance about a dance that made history. In Malagasy, Ramanenjana means something that makes you rigid but also something that makes you strong. Amidst diseases, social unrest, and healing rituals, the show critically discusses several versions of the same mass dance event.

Following several years of research, Ramanenjana examines dance’s societal role and how colonialism may have spread misconceptions about an extraordinary movement. Collaborating with ethnomusicologist and musician Olombelo Ricky, choreographers Simona Deaconescu and Gaby Saranouffi, along with three performers, playfully explore the Ramanenjana phenomenon using historical texts, dynamic hand gestures, and ecstatic movement.

The Hilton performance is being presented by Rerouting Arts in partnership with the Festival.

Tegan Peacock, founder of Rerouting Arts, says, “We feel privileged to again be partnering with JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience to bring an evening of dance to Midlands audiences. Hosting visiting artists on our local stomping ground offers a unique opportunity to watch and engage with the global arts scene and experience a world of dance that sometimes seems removed from our daily life.”

“This important relationship with Rerouting Arts, now in its second year, allows the festival to reach out to new audiences in a most accessible way,” enthuses Lliane Loots, curator and Artistic Director of JOMBA! “Contemporary dance is often seen as inaccessible to the uninitiated. Then, through engagement, discussion, and the shared experience as audiences, it opens up new insights to the world. This is exactly what we hope to achieve.”-

Tickets for Hilton performance are R80 and can be booked in advance through Quicket:




Tickets for Durban are R50 and can be booked through Computicket:



For more information on JOMBA! Go to www.jomba.ukzn.ac.za


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