MULTINATIONAL Arts Company Kuenda Productions is set to premiere a play entitled Twenty-Fifteen on September 19 at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
The play comes in partnership with the Zimbabwe-German Society and Alliance Française.
The multi-discipline performance will see 17 artistes and directors drawn from Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Germany, Uganda and France unite on stage in a music-dance-theatre performance.
Written by the Sierra Leone-born author Olufemi Terry, Twenty-Fifteen combines many voices answering questions of a young generation regarding growing up, friendship, sharing ideas and career guidance.
According to the statement by Kuenda Productions, Twenty-Fifteen came about after Terry’s visit to Zimbabwe.
“The development of the story follows a visit by Terry to Harare earlier this year to get experience on how it feels to be a young person in Africa and also in Europe,” read the statement.
The show features local artistes selected by the Zimbabwe-German Society and Jibilika Dance Trust including mbira artiste Hope Masike, Tumbuka dancer Maylene Chenyeraji, beat boxer Probeatz, Yeukai Zinyoro from Rolx Dance group, comedian Clive Chigubu from Bulawayo, National Arts Merit Award winning actor Tafadzwa Hananda and Tanaka Lionel Roki and Kelvin Campbell of the ZimFlava group.
Foreign artistes include Antonio Bukhar and Ronald Kibirige from Uganda, the producer Cindy Jänicke, the artistic director Atif Hussein, actor Tobias Schulze, musician Kilian Unger and videographer Xaver Xylophon, all from Germany, French dancer Pascale Firholz and Swiss choreographer Olivia Marinoni.
“Together the artistes are meeting with their different art forms, creating a multi-media-theatre-dance-music-performance, fusing urban moves and styles, contemporary dance forms, visuals, sounds, live-music, beat boxing, acting and stand-up-comedy and are narrating together one story on stage,” says the statement.
The cast is currently in rehearsal at the UZ and the Zimbabwe-German Society in preparation of the three shows set for the University and Shingirayi Youth Centre in Mbare on the 19th and finally the Harare International School on the 19th, 23rd and 24th respectively.
The play will go on its debut European tour by invitation of the German Festival Africtions to Ludwigshafen and Bremen (Germany) in November 2014.
The play will also tour Germany and Austria in February and March for six weeks mainly being hosted by the Theater Schauburg in Harare’s twin city — Munich.
Kuenda Productions was initiated by young Ugandan dancer and choreographer Bukhar and German theatre maker and producer Jänicke and Plot Mhako of Jibilika Dance Trust, Zimbabwe.
The idea is to follow the vision of sustainable artistic, trans-global collaboration.