Jonga and Connections


Choreographers (Jonga): Elvis Sibeko and Thomas Bos

Choreographers (Connections): Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke



 1 – 2 September 2015 at Artscape Theatre


Jazzart Dance Theatre in association with Artscape and Afrovibes presents three new collaborative works this Heritage month.

Presented at Artscape Theatre, Jonga and Connections, an international collaboration between South Africa and the Netherlands will be performed from 1 – 2 September 2015.


Jonga in isiXhosa meaning ‘to look’ is a highly energetic production by Jazzart Dance Theatre (Cape Town), DOX (Utrecht) and Afrovibes (Amsterdam). Together they embark on a fusion of different urban styles such as European break dance and clubbing with various African dance styles such as Pantsula, exploring the similarities and differences in dance across borders where steps and styles mix. The production is choreographed by Elvis Sibeko and Erik Bos. The music compiled by Elvis Sibeko and the visuals designed by Thomas Bos. Rein Luuring and Aviwe November will accompany them on stage.


Connections, funded by The National Arts Council form part of this double bill, a new work created and choreographed by Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke from The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (Johannesburg) under the wing of Dance Forum (SA), and Anna Maria Suijkerbuijk from ISH Dance Collective (Amsterdam, Netherlands). The music is composer is Yogin Sullaphen and production manager Mandla Mtshali. The programme continues with the theme of dancers connecting across borders. It brings together these three young talented dancers and choreographers to connect through dance and merge their cultures to challenge one another’s artistic vision.