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Wade in the Water/Kuomboka - Back to Theatre as Ritual

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Animating the Archivewade in the water/kuomboka A hybrid ritual by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe 


Wade in the Water/Kuomboka is an auto-ethnographic experiential, immersive, emotionally connected ritual where the walls of spectatorship are destroyed.  The multi media work was developed during an artist residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in Pittsburgh and La Cupula Artist Residency in Merida Mexico.  
Set in dreamtime the musical and photographic epic tale in five short acts spans more than one hundred years and opens the archive of Barotseland.   I play the heroine Princess Water guided by my great great Grandfather King Lewanika of Barotseland,  during the ancient flood ceremony Kuomboka (to wade in the water), where I travel to the underworld of emotions to gather humanity to the safety of higher ground from the oncoming flood of ignorance and greed.

Wade in the Water/Kuomboka is at the intersection of art and social change.


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