Event Photo Eti! Voices from East Africa

April 21 | 7pm

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Showcase of East African Music, Theater and Dance Works

in collaboration with The Sundance Institute Theater Program

The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space 
at the Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Eti! Voices from East Africa

651 ARTS’ Africa Exchange is thrilled to partner with the Sundance Institute Theater Program to provide a week-long residency to eleven theater, dance and music artists from East Africa, which will include workshops led by prominent NY-based artists including Anne Bogart, Nora Chipaumire, Eisa Davis, Moisés Kaufman, Lynn Nottage, Two Men Talking, Tracey Scott Wilson and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The participating artists will also be attending shows at a myriad of theaters and meeting representatives from the field of culture and performing arts in the New York City region with the hopes of furthering their careers and establishing long-lasting independent relationships.

This residency is an extension of work that these artists created while participating in one of the annual Sundance Institute Theater Labs, which took place over three-weeks on Manda Island in Kenya during the Summer of 2010. Audiences will be able to encounter some of the work of these exciting theater, dance and music artists during the week.

Work-in-Progress Showings by Participating Artists

Jokajok/Chipaumire Collaboration
by Neema Bagamuhunda, Juliette Omolo and Nora Chipaumire

This dance-theater work is a glimpse of a blossoming artistic collaboration between Chipaumire, the Jokajok Dance Company from Nairobi and a community of women artists in residence at the GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi. Slated to take place over a number of years, the artists just completed their first exploratory intensive together at the GoDown, and the work-in-progress showing shares some examples of the movement, thought and creative process being developed in the partnership.

Kweza/Formatted/Formaté (Kinyarwanda, English, French)
by Wesley Ruzibiza and Samuel Kamanzi

This dance-music performance piece explores and questions how Rwandans have been “formatted” to receive, process and act on information passed on without questioning it. This piece explores who Rwandans were, who Rwandans have become and who Rwandans aspire to be. “If we were made to walk back in our history, would we find a way of reinventing a new culture, a new way to identify who we are? What happens when we are told who we should be as opposed to who we are?”

Africa Kills Her Sun
by Mrisho Mpoto
Adapted by Irene Sanga, Gilbert Lukalia, Mrisho Mpoto and Elidady Msangi with Indhu Rubasingham
From the short story by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995) was hanged by the Nigerian dictatorship for his activism on behalf of his Nigerian Ogoni people. The original text of Africa Kills her Sun is a condemned man’s last letter to his loved one. The creative team is adapting this text using poetic Kiswahili combined with music, dance, slam poetry and storytelling to talk about corruption and abuse of power in contemporary Africa. Patrick Ssenjovu and Eddie Brown appear as guest performers.

Other Public Programs

A Sundance Institute East Africa Photography Exhibit
In partnership with The Greene Space at WNYC

Join us at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC for the opening of The View from Manda, an exhibition of photographs from the 2010 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab on Manda taken by Philippa Ndisi-Hermann. Ugandan playwright Lucy Judith Adong will discuss her Theatre Program-supported project Silent Voices with Eisa Davis, an exploration of the views and emotions of victims of the Northern Uganda war. Music provided by Rwandan musicians Samuel Kamanzi and Moise Mutangana.  Click here for more information.  Visit the Sundance Institute online gallery for a first glimpse of the exhibit.

Cocktail Reception and Meet the Artist (Lucy Judith Adong)
Tue, April 19 at 7pm | $10 - RSVP here.
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC
44 Charlton St @ Varick St

Also in Brooklyn! - The View from Manda: A Sundance Institute East Africa Exhibit

If you miss seeing The View from Manda at the TheGreene Space, you will have another opportunity in Brooklyn. Check out this beautiful exhibit before you come over Mark Morris for the performance!

April 20 – April 30, 2011
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn

For additional information about the Sundance Institute Theater Program, click here.


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