Kuenda Productions

Kuenda Productions Tours Germany for the second time

The play Twenty.Fifteen was developed from a story written by a Sierra Leone born author Olufemi Terry. It talks about a young generation, about young people in, from and in-between Zimbabwe and Germany.

KUENDA Productions an inter-continental production house is set to embark on a second tour of Germany following the success of their debut tour last year in November at Festival Afructions which received an overwhelming response from the German audience. The musical Twenty. Fifteen premiered Harare and Bulawayo in September 2014 before touring.

The Production house, a brainchild of Cindy Jaenicke a German theatre maker, Antonio Bukhar a Ugandan dance choreographer and Plot Mhako a Zimbabwean arts manager from Jibilika Dance Trust puts together 17 versatile artists drawn from five different countries of Switzerland, Uganda, Germany, France, and Zimbabwe.

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 di erent 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.

The cast comprises Zimbabweans, Mbira song-bird Hope Masike, NAMA award-winning Maylene Chenjerayi, prominent beatboxer Probeatz, dancers Tanaka Lionel Roki, Yeukai Zinyoro, Kelvin Campbell and another NAMA winning actor
Tafadzwa Hananda joins choreographer and cofounder Antonio Bukhar and Ronald Kibirige from Uganda, the project director Cindy Jaenicke, the artistic director Atif Hussein, Tobias Schulze, Xaver Xylophon, Kilian Unger all from Germany, Pascale Firholz from France, Olivia Marinoni from Switzerland.

The play Twenty.Fifteen was developed from a story written by a Sierra Leone born author Olufemi Terry. It talks about a young generation, about young people in, from and in-between Zimbabwe and Germany. Who its that young generation, the generation „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 is happens emotionally and what with their own identity?

The Harare shows took place at the Beit Hall of the University of Zimbabwe, Shingirayi Youth Center in Mbare, and the Harare International School and in Bulawayo at Amakhosi Theatre and the Bulawayo Theatre. The production saw the involvement of University of Zimbabwe theatre students on stage and in various areas of the production as part of a mentorship program and ve weeks of rehearsals in Harare with the entire cast. The platform exposed the artists to a lot of interesting artistic networks, collaborations, and career development opportunities.

The play was made possible with support from the Schauburg München, Zimbabwe-German Society / Goethe-Zentrum Harare, Alliance Francaise Harare, Theater in Pfalzbau, Lud- wigshafen and with kind support from Jibilika Dance Trust, Landeshauptstadt München Kulturreferat, steptext dance project Bremen, FONDS FRANCO ALLEMAND, Deutsche Botschaft Harare, French Embassy Harare.

2015 TOUR DATES AND CITIES
This second tour of Germany will see performances, workshops, and concerts in six cities
21, 24, 25. February- Munich
01 March -Heidelberg
04 March – Frankfurt
11/12 March – Stuttgart 19/20 March – Ludwigsburg
24/25 March – Munich 28/29 March – Konstanz