The 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience - Durban from 23 Aug to 3 Sept

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For this year's 19th edition, the annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience presented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts will takes place in Durban from 23 August to 3 September.


This year's festival promises a feast for dance and theatre lovers over 12 days with a programme featuring some of the world's most innovative dance theatre work from South Africa, Africa and abroad, that promises to provoke, entertain, delight and challenge audiences. International companies featured include Germany's steptext dance projects, Benin dancer and choreographer Marcel Gbeffa and INTRODANS from the Netherlands.


The Multicorps company will present their acclaimed solo piece “Et si…” by Marcel Gbeffa

25 & 26 August

JOMBA!’s long term vision to honour the African continent and to continue to make artistic connection with the rest of Africa, manifests in this year’s hosting of Benin dancer and choreographer Marcel Gbeffa.  With support from the Alliance Française of Durban and the Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud, Gbeffa makes his first trip to South Africa and will perform his acclaimed solo work “Et Si ...”. 

Gbeffa uses a repetition of animal movements, which he then adapts to his human dancing body before transforming the dance into involuntary and spontaneous animalistic reflexes. It is a bold and masculine work whose origins lie in the zeitgeist of West Africa. Gbeffa will also be conducting the annual festival residency with five KZN dancers: Bonwa Mbontsi, Tegan Peacock, Steven Banzoulu, Sibonelo "China" Mchunu, and Kim McCusker-Bartlett. The culmination of the residency will be given a showing at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.


Venues & Tickets

The festival will take place at different venues around Durban: Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre, KZNSA Gallery and the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on all other days.

Tickets on sale at Computicket or one hour before the performance (R60 or R45 for scholars/students/pensioners).


Full Programme

For a full listing of the programme and workshops, go to the JOMBA! page

Workshops and classes are offered free of charge (dancer over 16yrs only), booking is essential via j This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Social Media

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Twitter - @Jomba_dance


The 19th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience is under the artistic direction and curatorship of Lliane Loots and is organised and hosted and run by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), and is supported primarily by the eThekwini Municipality.



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Caption: "Et Si..." - photo credit Andreia Salame: Benin dancer and choreographer Marcel Gbeffa, with support from the Alliance Française (Durban), the Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud, Gbeffa makes his first trip to South Africa and will perform his acclaimed solo work “Et Si ...” at this year’s JOMBA! festival in Durban.