The Centre for Creative Arts’ (CCA) JOMBA! Festival has partnered with the prestigious Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival (LDIF2022) for a live and digital performance engagement. The event is set to take place from 29 April to 8 May 2022 and will be curated by Artistic director, Ms Pawlett Brookes of Serendipity – Institute for Black Arts and Heritage.
The online event will showcase high-quality dance that celebrates diversity and intersectional identities. It is themed in situ: responding space, place, people, and time, reflecting both performances spaces and the everyday space that we have been inhabiting over the past two years of COVID-19 lockdown. ‘All of us have been dancing; in our kitchen and our bedrooms and this festival celebrates these everyday sites of possibilities as we move our bodies,’ said Brookes.
LDIF2022 will be presenting the full 2021 JOMBA! DIGITAL EDGE bouquet of films created by six of Durban’s most compelling young dancer makers, including Ms Thobile Maphanga, Mr Sabelo Cele, Ms Cameron Govender, Mr Cue Ngema, Ms Snethemba Khuzwayo and Ms Aphelele Nyawose.
JOMBA! Artistic Director and UKZN dance lecturer Dr Lliane Loots said, ‘JOMBA! is delighted that these amazing short films that garnered such acclaim at the JOMBA! 2021 festival will have a longer life on this incredible international dance platform. We are thrilled to continue this partnership with the UK-based LDIF dance festival that shares a common value system of supporting African and African diaspora contemporary dance work. I am particularly pleased by their interest in our JOMBA! DIGITAL EDGE screen dance works – work that JOMBA! curated to support and nurture young Durban-based talent.’
Speaking on behalf of the participants Maphanga commented, ‘We feel very honoured that our works are being featured on yet another international platform, and we owe huge gratitude to JOMBA! for providing its grantees with such opportunities.’
LDIF2022 takes place from 29 April to 8 May. For more information, go to https://www.serendipity-uk.com/programme/