Theatre

May 17—21, 2023

Nehanda

nora chipaumire / USA & Zimbabwe

“Nehanda calls into the room questions about legality between settler regimes and native persons, questions about lynching, mob violence. And also other issues such as animistic belief systems in which a spirit returns again and again in different epochs.”

— nora chipaumire

An entrancing musical, philosophical defense of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.

Protest. Legal gathering. World making. Nehanda explores the legend of Nehanda, a powerful spirit venerated by the Shona people—native of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique—who inhabits only women. nora chipaumire, the visionary creative artist/performer behind this genre-bending musical performance, once described Nehanda as “a Zimbabwean Joan of Arc.” Using the 1896 case “Regina v NIANDA” to inform the libretto, this new opera features musical forms, melodies, and instruments that wholly subvert the form—think: turntables, Ngoma drums, and samples of field recordings. With the electric charge of a political rally and the power of a ritual, Nehanda weaves together a powerful portrait of anti-colonial resistance.

Info

Venue

Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111



Dates

May 17, 2023 - May 21, 2023


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Details

2 hours

Tickets from $25

Ages 12+

This performance features a moment of male nudity.


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