Kenyan dance director Maulid Owino is set to showcase his short dance film at the  25th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) begins tonight (Tuesday 29 August) in Durban.

Owino’s film will show alongside five other selected films from contemporary dancers across Africa including Tshediso Kabulu (Durban), Kamogelo Dooka (Cape Town), Zandile Salukazana (Cape Town), Thamsanqa Majela (Bloemfontein), and Oscar O’Ryan (Cape Town).

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An independent jury selected the six films to showcase and the top three winners will be announced after the viewing. The top three will be given a cash prize from the festival to honour their ongoing work.

“Over the past three years, as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted our world, what emerged was the blossoming of digital dance making (sometimes referred as ‘screen dance’),” says Dr Lliane Loots, Curator and Artistic Director of the festival. “Stepping into 2023, we wanted to continue to support digital dance making – especially in the global South – and to enable audiences, who are unable to be here in person, to experience part of the festival. The result is some fascinating work, that we believe contemporary dance lovers will enjoy.”

All six films are available to screen on YouTube. 

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