Monday 1 September @ 19h30 – Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
This open performance platform provides an opportunity for up-and-coming choreographers (over 16 – some new to choreography and some professional dancers) to present their work in a professional environment with the support of a full technical team. This is one of the ways in which the JOMBA! Festival offers assistance in developing new and young talent by offering them the space to experiment. Selection of participants is done by a panel of experts via the scrutiny of entry forms.
1 - Choreography: Musa Hlatshwayo
Company Name: The Movement Laboratory
Performers: The Movement Laboratory
Choreographer's Note: "This performance work seeks to creatively explore a fusion of image theatre, movement, physical theatre, contemporary dance, design and creative characterization all contributing to a futuristic live performance"
2 - Choreography: Finch Thusi
Title: In the vision of…sisanda!
Company Name: Hillbrow Dance School, Johannesburg
Performers: Finch Thusi, Thato, Kabelo, Slati in collaboration with Tamara Guhrs and Hillbrow Theatre Foundation
Choreographer's Note: "What is my existence… where do I exist… what is the human… what is the self… what becomes of memory… could I be a spirit… a forgotten memory or just a body living in the belly of a beast?"
3 - Choreography: Brenda-Lee Cele
Title: UBuhle Bemvelo
Performers: Simangaliso Xaba, Nqubeko Sithole, Sphumelele Mvelase
Musicians: Qiniso Zungu, Bongeka Ngubane, Anele Sibiya and Siphamandla Gwane
"Being African is what we cherish most. This is a celebration of who we are and where we come from"
4 - Choreography: Bonwa Mbontsi, Ashleigh Joubert and Tegan Peacock
Company Name: Let's Play-Dance
Performers: Bonwa Mbontsi, Ashleigh Joubert and Tegan Peacock
Choreographer's Note: "The image we project onto the physical world shifts constantly, depending on the context or framework provided. Power relations determine the frame; who we are in public and in private, our beliefs and behaviours"
5 - Choreography: Preston Kyd and Byrone Tifflin
(This work as unfortunately been withdrawn)
Title: History of the Cypher
Company Name: 031 FloorAssassins
Performers: Byrone "Bizzo" Tifflin, Preston "Krazy Kayzo" Kyd and Farren "Farrenheit" Hutchinson
6 - Choreograhy: JC Zondi
Title: Written of the Body
Performers: Yolanda Maphalala, Lebohang Makgabutlane, Phumla Jali, Nandile Khumalo, JC Zondi
Choreographer's Note: "Similar to a diary the body is filled with secrets, some to be read to the world, some better left hidden in the shadows. With our minds we dream of the impossible, it is our bodies that will take us there"
7 - Choreography: Bronwyn Botha with Nqubeko Ngema and Njabulo Innocent Zungu
Performers: Bronwyn Botha, Nqubeko Ngema and Njabulo Innocent Zungu
Choreographer's Note: "Passion is all but soft, it's not tender, it's violence to which you get hooked by pleasure" - Isabelle Adjani
8 - Choreography: Sifiso Khumalo
Title: Sea of Hope
Company Name: Flatfoot Dance Company
Performers: from the Flatfoot Advanced Dance Development (ADD) programme
Choreographer's note: "The only seed we can plant in our hearts is hope… I hope this will do and I am sorry for the inconvenience… Thank you"
9 - Choreography: Ntsane "Spice" Mopeli
Title: Pawn on a board game
Performers: Thabang Nsizwane, Fanyane Nhlapo, Hlalele Motaung, Bularah Chopo
Choreographers note: "Pawn on a board game explores the duality of art as escapism and the artist living in an abusive reality where he is used as a pawn between two parents fighting for dominance and control"