Applications to perform and showcase dance work at JOMBA! 2024 now open

Applications to perform and showcase dance work at JOMBA! 2024 now open
Digital Horizons 1st place 2023 - Not from here by Oscar ORyan and Louise Coetzer

The 26th annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, hosted by UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts, is a carefully curated contemporary dance festival and for 2024 there are three distinct performance platforms that are open for application and participation.

For the first time post Covid-19 shut down, JOMBA! which takes place from 27 August to 8 September, re-opens its hugely popular JOMBA! LIVE OPEN HORIZONS (formerly known as the JOMBA! Fringe) platform.  Eight x6-8-minute live works are selected, via an online application process, to showcase at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with the full support of a professional technical crew.

The opportunity is open to any and all dancers and choreographers over 16 years of age working in a contemporary idiom. Historically the JOMBA! Fringe has played host to dancers like Musa Hlatshwayo, Fana Tshabalala and Lorin Sookool to name only a few. The independent JOMBA! jury also awards the most promising and cutting edge work a small cash prize of R2 000.00 on the showcase night.

Exorcism Digital Horisons 3rd place 2023 by Tshediso Kabulu
Exorcism Digital Horisons 3rd place 2023 by Tshediso Kabulu

Secondly, JOMBA! remains the only dance festival on the African continent that offers a dedicated space to support screen dance and screen dance choreographers. Screen dance really took off under Covid-19 and what began to emerge were a range of African creatives who fell in love with this digital genre and are still making detailed, beautiful and deeply moving short dance films. In honour of keeping the form alive JOMBA! 2024 continues its JOMBA! DIGTIAL OPEN HORIZONS platform. Entry is via an online form and a submission for pre-selection of the short films by the JOMBA! Digital jury. Prizes are R1 500 for second place and R2 000 for first place.

KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre perform at the JOMBA! Youth Open Horizons at JOMBA! 2023. Choreography by Vusi Makanya
KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre perform at the JOMBA! Youth Open Horizons at JOMBA! 2023. Choreography by Vusi Makanya

Thirdly, in what is often considered the JOMBA! dance event with the most joy, delight and sheer talent is the annual JOMBA! YOUTH OPEN HORIZONS platform. Hosted at The Stable Theatre, this youth dance platform is a celebration of the incredible dance work being done by young dancers (under the age of 16yrs). All styles are welcomed form hip hop, pantsula, Ndlamu, contemporary dance, ballet, Kathak. This is a day to celebrate any and all young dance happening in eThekwini and surrounding areas. There is only place for 12 groups so early application (via an online form) is encouraged. A small lunch is offered to all youth participants on the day.

Application forms here:

JOMBA! LIVE OPEN HORIZONS: https://forms.office.com/r/MSyDPxqcic

Closing date for applications is Thursday 20 June by 5pm.

JOMBA! DIGITAL OPEN HORIZONS:  https://forms.office.com/r/KhHYF2jKsg

Closing date for applications is Thursday 4 July by 5pm.

JOMBA! YOUTH OPEN HORIZONS: https://forms.office.com/r/bjcmQfnfJa

Closing date for applications is Thursday 20 June by 5pm.

No late entries will be considered.

On the margin I ...Choreography by Sizwe Hlophe in collaboration with Mzamo Kunene
On the margin I …Choreography by Sizwe Hlophe in collaboration with Mzamo Kunene