The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) offers an array of free dance and choreographic workshops during the 12 day feast of dance in its 21st edition, which takes place at various venues in Durban from August 27 to 8 September.
Wednesday 28 August
Workshop facilitators: Sifiso Kweyama and the JAZZART dancers
4pm – 5.40pm: (KwaMashu Sports Hall) – youth dance workshop (ages 8 upwards)
4.30pm – 6pm: (UKZN Dance Studio) Jazzart Dance Theatre will offer an African contemporary dance experience by exploring the use of weight, defying gravity and allowing all participants to contribute choreographically to a final combination. All abilities and levels welcome but only for those over 16yrs.
Thursday 29 August 9am to 1pm (Playhouse – Studio 410)
Workshop facilitator: Sifiso Kweyama (JAZZART Dance Theatre)
This 4 hour intensive masterclass is for semi-professional and professional dancers only and is a rare opportunity to engage the training and style of JAZART with one of South Africa’s best contemporary dance teachers.
Saturday 31 August: 10am – 12noon (UKZN Dance Studio)
Workshop facilitator: Fana Tshabalala
In an exploration of a growing style that accesses ritual and contemporary dance technique, Fana will take participants on a journey of artistically connecting with themselves and their own growing style as dancers and choreographers. All abilities and levels welcome but only for those over 16yrs.
Sunday 1 September: 10am to 12noon (UKZN Dance Studio)
Workshop facilitator: Leslie Scott (New Orleans – USA)
Throughout this class, dancers will investigate the articulation of the arms, legs, and torso in order to integrate the whole body in motion. Scott’s approach to movement is through dynamic energy rather than static forms, and she constantly plays with traditional placement and wild abandonment. Scott believes dancing is a communal experience and together participants will sweat, groove, and let loose. All abilities and levels welcome but only for those over 16yrs
Thursday 5 September: 4.30pm – 6.30pm) (UKZN Dance Studio)
Workshop facilitator: Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Dance Company (Washington – USA)
In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of our signature hybrid work (traditional Bharatanatyam and Contemporary dance technique) through interactive experiences that highlight elements of choreography, improvisation, creativity and collaboration. All abilities and levels welcome but only for those over 16yrs.
Friday 6 September): 4.30pm – 6.30pm (UKZN Dance Studio)
Workshop facilitator: Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe In a physically intense workshop that explores the lexicon of dance styles and techniques that make up Mantsoe’s signature style, participants of this workshop will get an up close and personal experience with the legendary Mantsoe. This workshop is not for beginners – and only those over 16yrs.
To book a place in these workshops, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 days in advance of the workshop
For more info go to http://jomba.ukzn.ac.za/
This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton