Local performers working with leading figure in contemporary Rwandan theatre Hope Azeda will hold a spectacular showcase in The Playhouse Theatre next Tuesday (April 19).
More than 40 local people, several of whom have never acted before, will present four unique works, sharing a common foundation of the values of humanity.
Hope Azeda is a leading founder member of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts (Kigali) one of Rwanda's major theatre companies. Last week to mark the 17th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide Mashirika performed a 15 minute peace of theatre and dance ‘Echos of Peace' for over 40,000 people.
During Hope's one month residency at The Playhouse organized by The International Culture Arts Network ICAN and SEEDS (Solidarity Equality Education Diversity Support) she has created a platform enabling local people to explore diversity and difference.
The aim of the residency is to provide individuals, local facilitators and community workers with practical performing arts skills that can be used to promote community integration.
‘Walking The Walk' is the culmination of three weeks work with local people to create the intimate and raw theatre event, where every participant takes credit for the authorship of the work. Local dj collective bOUNCE will provide music on the night.
Hope will also talk about her journey through conflict and the Rwandan genocide, as well as her experience of using the Arts and theatre as a means of discussing and exploring social transformation.
"It's organic, it's raw, it's not the kind of form people are used to" Hope said.
"It comes from a spirit of connectivity; if you connect you can do it. It's a free space for people to discover what talent they have. I always say "every word is gold, if we can hold, because old is gold". It means every word they say has a past and history and so is a source to question the meaning of life.
"It's music, it's dance, it's drama. It's simply life!"
‘Walking The Walk' will be performed at The Playhouse Theatre on Tuesday 19 April from 8pm to 9pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Elaine Forde on (028)71 268027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.icanplayhouse.com.
International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union's Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body.