Kuenda Production House goes to Germany
Sophia Chese Arts Correspondent
Kuenda Productions an inter-continental production house will this week leave for Germany following the success of their Harare and Bulawayo première of the musical, dance and theatre show titled ‘’Twenty Fifteen’’.
One of the organisation’s founder Plot Mhako said they will have three shows in Germany and the artistes will also conduct various workshops and concerts.
“The organisation puts together 17 versatile artists drawn from five different countries namely Switzerland, Uganda, Germany, France and Zimbabwe who are going to perform three shows and will also have the opportunity to conduct various workshops with other Germany artists,” he said.
He said their play will showcase this November at the AFRICTION festival.
“The idea is to follow the vision of sustainable artistic trans-global collaboration.
The team wants to create an artistic network on eye level with artists from different continents, background, styles and share visions of a forward-looking use and understanding of arts, developing new ideas of what art can be through mutual learning,” he said.
The Zimbabwean cast which comprises of mbira songbird Hope Masike, NAMA award winner Maylene Chenjerayi, prominent beatboxer Probeatz, dancers Tanaka Lionel Roki, Yeukai Zinyoro, Kelvin Campbell and another NAMA winning actor Tafadzwa Hananda will join Antonio Bukhar and Ronald Kibirige from Uganda, Cindy Jaenicke, the director Atif Hussein, Tobias Schulze, Xaver Xylophon, , Kilian Unger all from Germany, Pascale Firholz from France and Olivia Marinoni from Switzerland.
Mhako said the film was developed from a story written by a Sierra Leone born author Olufemi Terry. It talks about about young people from and in-between Zimbabwe and Germany.
“The questions are who is that young generation? The generation of Twenty-fifteen. What do they want? It does not matter whether they come from elite schools, middle class families, townships or difficult suburb areas around major towns in Europe or Africa – virtually they travel around the whole globe.
How is it in the concrete? How is it as an immigrant or emigrant, as a child of bi-national parents, as a wanderer between worlds or a person that never lived in another place? What is connecting, what is dividing? What happens emotionally and what happens with the own identity?,” he said.
The première of the show took place in September this year in Harare. From there the show was brought to Shingirayi Youth Centre in Mbare, to the Harare International School and to Amakhosi Theatre and the Bulawayo Theatre.