Theatre

May 17—21, 2023

Nehanda

nora chipaumire / USA & Zimbabwe

“Defiantly charismatic, the Zimbabwean-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire has long been a kind of rock star.”

— The New Yorker

A pulsing, magnetic, musical exploration 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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