Third Space | Bond-Edge
Dance & Physical Theatre / Nombulelo

A new dance work under the Third Space project banner: Choreographer Nabaggala Lilian Maximillian (Uganda) and scenographer Arafa Hamadi (Tanzania) join dancers from the Kubu Collective in residence at the Rosemore Community Hall.  Over several weeks, they produce a new dance work which drawing from shared references and interests, across countries and movement. 


The Third Space project draws from, on the one hand, the work of the cultural and post-colonial theorist Homi Bhabha, referring to the interstices between colliding cultures, a liminal space “which gives rise to something different, something new and unrecognisable, a new area of negotiation of meaning and representation…”. The producing partners were interested in hosting artistic residencies within Community Art Centres, understanding the potentiality of the Art Centre as such a "liminal space", and highlighting their role as much-needed social spaces, representing an alternative from the traditional categories of ’home’ and ’workplace’.


Bond-Edge is a new project of The National Arts Festival, together with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) with the support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and in partnership with the Kubu Collective (Western Cape). 


This dance work is one of three new works at the Festival this year resulting from the collaborative initiative between the National Arts Festival (NAF) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). Third Space is a ground-breaking dance development programme including renowned choreographers and scenographers from South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania working with dancers from three community art centres (Gompo Arts Centre, Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, and The Kubu Collective at the Market Community Theatre) respectively based in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Western Cape.


An educational programme, Third Space will see the choreographers, scenographers and centres transmitting and exchanging skills with each other in addition to offering their learnings to the surrounding communities through a series of workshops.

Production Credits


The National Arts Festival, together with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) with the support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

About the Artists

About the Choreographer : 

Lilian Maximillian Nabaggala is a female interdisciplinary artist based in Uganda working in the fields of dance, choreography, fashion, and education. Her identity as a choreographer is based on her strong skills in and passion for four distinct areas of dance: street, Ugandan traditional, contemporary, and Latin. She is part of different grass root organisations and projects; amongst others, she is co-founder of Afrooted (USA & UGA) as well as co-creator, committee member, and festival organiser of Batalo East (UGA). Lilian has been a resident dance artist at Art Omi (US) and guest artist and lecturer at the University of Maryland Washington DC (US). She was awarded the Pina Bausch fellowship in 2022.


About the Scenographer : 

Arafa C. Hamadi is a multidisciplinary artist working in Tanzania and Kenya. They create both physical and digital work, aiming to create fully immersive spaces that explore their queerness in relation to space - focusing on joy and tangible ways of connecting their community. They have been part of the ICA Fellowship (2020, SA), the Digital Arts Residency at Nafasi Art-Space (2021, TZ), the New Dimensions Lab by Electric South (2022, SA), the Pro-Helvetica Residency (2022, CH). They recently co-curated the UMOJA Residency (2022, TZ) and was a featured stage and installation artist at the Beneath the Baobabs Festival (2023, KE).


About the Collective : 

The Kubu Collective is a multidisciplinary creative ensemble consisting of performance and visual artists, writers, theatremakers, technicians and arts administrators. It was established by George native Heloïne Armstrong (Artistic Director and Fundraiser). The word “Kubu” refers to a person, place or thing that acts as a defence, an African symbol of “rebellion or rebelliousness”. The Collective’s focus is producing quality, innovative and evocative art for social change through collaborative effort. The collective is spirited by predecessors and revered South African cultural artivists, the Medu Arts Ensemble.

For the purpose of the 3rd Space project, Armstrong has assembled four professional dance practitioners: Lynette Du Plessis, Shaun Oelf, William Payler, and Amy-Kay Klassen, all Jazzart Dance Theatre alumni, as well as a crew from the region, partnering with the historic Market Community Theatre arts centre as hosting venue.


  • Venue: Nombulelo
  • Location: Nombulelo Hall
  • Ticket price: ZAR 55.00
  • Programme type: Third Space
  • Genre: Dance & Physical Theatre
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Ages: ALL AGES
June 29, 2024 18:00 - 18:45
June 30, 2024 11:00 - 11:45