Our Oceans, Our Future

Can life on earth survive if our oceans are destroyed? Do our young people have a future on earth? Can we do anything to protect our world?

These are the themes explored by SboNdaba Dance (SND) in their creative new dance and theatre production launching at Artscape, in collaboration with Environmental NGOs.

SND began working in collaboration with The Green Connection NGO last year, exploring the urgent environmental issues that are affecting our oceans and our beaches –  drilling for oil and gas in the oceans, karpowerships, destruction of marine life, plastic pollution, loss of income for fisher-folk, climate change and renewable energy.

With choreography by award-winning choreographer Sbonakaliso Ndaba,  we created a very successful Dance-Theatre activation to support their campaign “Who Stole Our Oceans?”. We are now developing a full-length production to present at Artscape from 30 March to 1 April.

“Our Oceans, Our Future!’ is an emotional call to each and every-one, to become involved in environmental activism, to add your voice and shout loudly, to become engaged, to volunteer, to make waves and to be the change.

SboNdaba Dance in collaboration with Environmental NGOs will present the production at Artscape Theatre. Information Displays in the foyer by partner NGOs will provide well-researched information and a chance to engage with them directly.

We invite audiences to come and be inspired by a performance that not only speaks to the important questions around our natural world and oceans, but that also gets people thinking and feeling; to be part of finding solutions to the greatest threat by humans to life on earth.

Performance Dates & Times:

Thursday & Friday 30 & 31 March 2023 at 20:00

Saturday 1 April 2023 at 14:00 and 17:00

Length of Show:

55 minutes – No interval

Environmental NGO displays are accessible from 30 minutes before each show as well as after the shows.

Ticket price: R150

Ticket Concessions: Students, pensioners and block bookings of 10 or more: R80

Bookings: Tickets: Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 or via Computicket.

Further information on the performance, additional publicity and photos, or to book interviews, please contact Paula Kelly at 083 267 3029 or Jennifer van Papendorp at 083 556 6054 or email sbondabadance@gmail.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SboNdabaDance/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sbondabadance/

Website: https://sbondabadance.co.za/

Information on the choreographer

Sbonakaliso Ndaba was born and bred in Kwa Mashu Durban KZN. She has been in the industry for more than 30 years, choreographing for over 20 years nationally and internationally.  In February 2022, Sbonakaliso Ndaba co-founded and became the Artistic Director of the newly formed SboNdaba Dance. Ndaba is recognised as one of the leading African Contemporary Dance choreographers.

Information on SboNdaba Dance

SboNdaba Dance …empowering performing artists… unmistakably South African in origin… universal in appeal!

SboNdaba Dance is a registered non-profit company focussing on creating employment by building both professional capacity and professional platforms for the under-developed performing arts industry in South Africa, and, more specifically, creating opportunities for the under-resourced performing artists of the townships.

This recently constituted professional company focuses on growth in the industry by creating employment for artists on many diverse platforms:  theatre and festival performances, outdoor performances in parks, on streets in community hubs and on beaches, commercial work, conferences, film and video, international collaborations, community workshops and outreach teaching. We take dance to the people where they are!

The award- winning choreographer, Sbonakaliso Ndaba leads the vision as Artistic Director. She is joined by highly skilled and experienced arts educators and administrators, Jennifer van Papendorp as Managing Director and Paula Kelly as Operations Director.


The performances have been made possible with funding from:

Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, Margrit Bachmann from Dance for All, Switzerland, Shari Leinwand, Rotary Club of Sea Point and Khula Cape Foundation.