Stand / Jomba!

STAND Foundation JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience’s Choreographic Mentorship Project

The first 2020 project to be supported by the newly launched Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation is a partnership with the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts. 


The initiative known as the STAND Foundation JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience’s Choreographic Mentorship Project, has combined four young choreographers who have already tested their choreographic languages on the JOMBA! platform, with four experienced mentors over a ten-week period, and they are now almost ready to show their new digital dance pieces.


The four young choreographers are Sabelo Cele, Pavishen Paideya, Kaldi Makutike, and Phumlani Mndebele and they have been mentored by Alfred Hinkel, Gregory Maqoma, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Musa Hlatshwayo, all of whom are celebrated choreographers with numerous awards and decades of experience between them.


The four new screen dance offerings will premiere as a 40 minute package for FREE on Thursday the 3rd December at 7pm via the JOMBA! YouTube Channel, and then will be made available for individual viewing from the links below until the 18th December. 



Phumlani Mndebele

Descent Into Death



Phumlani Mndebele – Dancer and Choreographer

Smangaliso Ngwenya – Dancer, Videographer and video editor 

Xolisile Bongwane – Music composer and Director 

Thulisile Binda – Rehearsal Director 

Mentored by Sbonakaliso Ndaba


This screen dance film is inspired by Howard Storm’s novel “My Descent into Death” which captures his near death experience and his experiences in a realm unknown to the living. This film is an engagement with the light, with darkness and all in between.


Pavishen Paideya



Choreography: Pavishen Paideya 

Cinematography: Pavishen Paideya, Shaneel Sookdeo, Sayen Mirza 

Costumes: Pavishen Paideya 

Dancers: Kamara Naidoo, Shanay Paideya, Loriksha Hoopdeo, Sayen Mirza. Pavishen Paideya 

Mentored by Musa Hlatshwayo


Rupa” is inspired by ancient Indian sculpture and the Indian customs around the shape and movement of the body. Paideya has a unique ability to celebrate his Diaspora Indian heritage but also to jolt it a little and offer the slightly unexpected. 


Kaldi Makutike

Thoughts In My Head

Concept – Kaldi Makutike

Director – Kaldi Makutike

Cast/Performers – Sbusiso Gumede & Kaldi Makutike

DOP – Tshepo 2shot Bilal & Unrehearsed Projects

Music – Unrehearsed Projects 

Editor – Unrehearsed Projects

Mentored By Alfred Hinkel


“THOUGHTS IN MY HEAD” is a deeply personal journey into this choreographer’s own mind and the work has come about through the prompting of the mind’s wondering and the conversations we have in our heads. This is a beautiful and painful look at mental illness and depression and the power of dance – and dance making – to be transformative.

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Sabelo Cele


(The Upcoming Testament Preaches A Queer Gospel)


Sabelo Cele in Association with EMPYA Creations

Executive Producer – Sabelo Cele

Producer – Magnificent Shabalala and Khwezi Ntanda

Creative Director – Sabelo Cele and Sinakhokonke Nsuntsha

Assistant Director – Magnificent Shabalala and Khwezi Ntanda

Dancer and Choreographer – Sabelo Cele

Movement Trainer/Coordinator – Mhlonishwa Zuma

Cinematography – Magnificent Shabalala

Camera Operator – Khwezi Ntanda

Production Designer – Sabelo Cele

Editor – Magnificent Shabalala and Asanda Khathi

Music Composer – Sabelo Cele

Poetry – Sithabiso Nzala

Mentored by Gregory Maqoma


“Isabelo” offers a provocative ceremony that begins to unhinge the relationship of sexuality to traditional African philosophy. Challenging  heteronormativity and the legacies of Christianity in Africa, Cele’s film is sure to provoke a lot of discussion.