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The annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, hosted by the
University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts, celebrates its
20th edition with the theme Legacy, from 28 August to 9 September 2018.
This landmark 20th edition will celebrate 20 years of bringing Durban
the world through contemporary dance, and 20 years of nurturing and
supporting the growth and development of contemporary dance in the city
through open workshops, grants and the creation of platforms for local
dancers and choreographers to showcase their work.
An amazing showcase of innovative movement and music, new configurations
of aesthetics and politics will be interwoven at the 20th Annual JOMBA!
Contemporary Dance Experience, under the visionary direction of Lliane
Loots, Artistic Director of the Festival, and of Flatfoot Dance Company.
The thirteen-day event showcases local and internationally acclaimed
talent at UKZN's Howard College Campus Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.
Dr. Anita Ratnam presents her acclaimed dance theatre production A
MILLION SITAS for JOMBA followed by a 4 city tour of the USA.
The Ramayana is echoed through the DNA of India and South East Asia, as
an epic, a text, a sacred book, a bedtime story, an opera - interpreted
through painting, dance, theatre, song, animation, television and film.
This Adi Kavya (eternal story) has seen more debate, discussion and
discourse than any other writing in Indian society.
In A MILLION SITAS, the heroine of this time-honoured tale stands at the
centre of a power tussle as two men battle with their egos and
divergent ideas of duty and honour. It is SITA and the women in this
re-telling who emerge from the shadows and pages of history to braid the
multiple narratives of this riveting story.
August 30 and 31: Durban, South Africa
University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts
Jomba Festival - Howard College Campus Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, 7.30pm
September 8, Metuchen, NJ
Kanavagam, Forum Theatre, 5.30pm
September 16, Denver, Colorado
Colorado Fine Arts Association - Broomfield Auditorium, Broomfield, CO, 4pm
September 23, Tampa, FL
Shreyas Arts and Tampa Tamil Association, 5pm
September 29, Chicago, IL
Natya Dance Theatre, Dominican University, 5pm
Concept and Performance: Anita R Ratnam
Choreography: Hari Krishnan in collaboration with Anita Ratnam
Research and Text: Rex and Anita Ratnam
Costumes: Sandhya Raman
Music & Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj & Bindhu Malini
Recorded music featuring: NK Kesavan, Bindhu Malini, L Subhasri, Subhiksha Rangarajan and Viji Krishnan
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Singer/Actor: Sharanya Krishnan
Drummers: Revash Dookhi (tabla) & Mandla Matsha (djembe)
Stage Design: Reshma Chibba
Stage Manager: L Subhasri
DENVER AND NEW JERSEY, USA
Singer/Actor: Taniya Panda
CHICAGO AND TAMPA, USA
Singer/Actor: Snigdha Venkatramani