Tuesday, 30 May 2017

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



Animating the Archive

wade 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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Mukwae Wabei is the artistic director of global posse. As a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and a member of Actors’ Equity, favorite productions include working with Leonard Bernstein as the Jazz Singer in Mass (Barbican Centre, London) and with Lord Richard Attenborough as Tenjy in the Oscar™ nominated motion picture Cry Freedom (Universal) as well as: Nuns on the Run (Handmade Films), King (Piccadilly Theatre, London). As an independent producer, writer and director with global posse productions,inc, which Wabei founded in Namibia in 1992 she has produced dance, documentary films, training videos, stage plays, arts festivals, musicals, commercials and new media. Wabei teaches extensively and has been a guest at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, contributed to journals that include Ecrans d’Afrique/African Screen and Afrikadaa. Wabei has an MA in Producing Film and Video (American University), an MA in Performance Studies (Tisch School, New York University) and an MFA in Film and Digital Technology (Chatham).

global posse productions, inc

global posse productions, inc
using visual and performance arts media as vehicles for social change