Opera: NEHANDA - Chapter 3 (MANIFEST THINKING) by nora chipaumire


Practical information

Performance in English
Reservation required
18 € / reduced 9 €

Event overview

Conceived as an opera, Nehanda investigates the myth of a powerful and revered female spirit who inhabits people throughout the epochs.

Nehanda is a historical and spiritual figure venerated by the Shona people, a religious and cultural community native of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. The radio-opera offers a legal and philosophical defense for the first hero of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle against the historical crimes of illegal occupation in the territory then called Southern Rhodesia.  

The opera (in Shona, Ndebele, English and German) is a 4-hour immersive performance operating in a non-linear time matrix structure and featuring master mbira players / percussionists / Shona throat singers as well as a mezzo soprano, a classical string quartet classical and a noise artist/DJ. The performance is designed as an immersive, participatory and durational spectacle where participants can collectively perform and investigate the process of law-making and its crucial role in the European colonial project.  

The opera consists of three chapters. On 22.10.2021 the Chapter 3 (MANIFEST THINKING) will be embodied. On 23.10.2021 the Chapter 1 (NATIVES, EMPIRE, JAIL) will follow.    

nora chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for black native Africans – known as group B schooling – and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and at Mills College in Oakland, CA (dance). 

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