Sundance Institute East Africa is a program that works to support theatre artists in East Africa, and create exchange and exposure opportunities between U.S. artists and East African writers, directors, and performers. As part of this exchange, the Theatre Program is presenting two special events in New York City this April.
The View from Manda
A Sundance Institute East Africa Photography Exhibit
In Partnership with The Greene Space at WNYC
7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Meet the Artist - Ugandan playwright Lucy Judith Adong will discuss and perform a portion of Silent Voices. The conversation will be moderated by Eisa Davis with music provided by Rwandan musicians Samuel Kamanzi and Moise Mutangana.
Join us for the opening of The View from Manda, an exhibit of photographs from the 2010 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab on Manda taken by Philippa Ndisi-Hermann. Ugandan playwright Lucy Judith Adong will also discuss and perform a portion of her Sundance-supported project Silent Voices, a piece that mirrors the views and emotions of the real victims of the Northern Uganda war. The project explores how victims have been ignored in the constant calls to “forgive” and “reconcile” at the expense of justice. Through the protagonist (Mother - a symbolic representation of life and death), Silent Voices examines what good citizens can be driven into by unhealthy policies. Visit our online Photo Gallery to get a first glimpse of the exhibit.
The exhibit at WNYC is one night only (Tuesday, April 19). However, it extends to the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art in Brooklyn from April 20-30, 2011.
ETI! Voices from East Africa
Work-in-Progress Presentation of Work from Tanzania and Rwanda
In Partnership with 651 Arts
Thursday, April 21
James and Martha Duffy Performance Space
Mark Morris Dance Center
3 Lafayette Ave - Brooklyn, NY
FREE - RSVP by calling 718-636-4181 x2229
This Work-in-Progress presentation will highlight the project Africa Kills Her Sun (Tanzania/Kenya) and artists from Rwanda. Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995) was hanged by the Nigerian dictatorship for his activism on behalf of his Nigerian Ogoni people. The original text is a condemned man’s last letter to his loved one. Mrisho Mpoto and his creative team are adapting this text and using his poetic style in Kiswahili to combine it with slam poetry and storytelling to talk about corruption and abuse of power in contemporary Africa. Partnering with UK-based director, Rubasingham, the team is developing Sundance Institute’s first all-Kiswahili theatre project. Africa Kills Her Sun was previously workshopped at the 2010 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab on Manda Island in Kenya as part of the Theatre Program’s charter lab for East African artists.