nora chipaumire

entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 9,00

Haus der Kunst | Südgalerie

22.10. 21:00 – 22:00

23.10. 20:00 – 22:00

Shona, English, Ndebele, Ewe, Afrikaans, Kriolu, Italian a.o.

No language skills required

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

The opera NEHANDA autopsies the legend of Nehanda, a mhondoro spirit, venerated by the Shona people, native to Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. In the late 19th century, Nehanda’s medium, Charwe Nyakasikana, orchestrated the first uprisings in British-occupied Southern Rhodesia in 1896-97. She was captured and hung until she was dead. NEHANDA offers a legal and philosophical defense for the first heroes of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle. The libretto is based on the infamous court case “The Queen vs. Nehanda” (1898), Queen Victoria’s long and glorified reign witnessed the rise and extension of the British empire across the world.

The opera consists of three chapters. On 22.10.2021 the Chapter MANIFEST THINKING will be embodied. On 23.10.2021 the Chapter NATIVES, EMPIRE, JAIL will follow.



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Artistic director Nora Chipaumire Performance Nora Chipaumire | McIntosh "Soko" Jerahuni | Othnell “Mangoma” Moyo | Fatima Katiji  | Gilbert Zvamaida | Kei Soares-Cobb | Peter van Heerden | Lucia Palmieri | Tyrone Isaac-Stuart | Sylvestre Akakpo Adzaku Sound Engineer Vusumuzi Moyo Stage Manager Sylvestre Akakpo Adzaku Technical | Production Manager Heidi Eckwall Company Manager Leonie Wichmann

nora chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for black native Africans – known as group B schooling – and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and at Mills College in Oakland, CA (dance).


A cooperation between SPIELART theaterfestival and Haus der Kunst. NEHANDA has been commissioned by Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the Extended Life Dance Development program. It is being made possible through generous support through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Artists “Bubble” Residency program, the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, received friendly support from NYSCA and NEA and was developed through residencies at PACT Zollverein, Essen and CSC, Bassano del Grappa Supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.