Esther Kamba (Nairobi)
entrance € 7,00 | reduced € 5,00
Einstein Kultur | Halle 2
03.11. 18:30 – 19:20
04.11. 19:00 – 19:50
05.11. 18:30 – 19:20
Main language English with Kikamba, Kikuyu, Sheng & Kiswahili words
Work in progress
The works of the Kenyan-Canadian artist Esther Kamba are interventions and collective liberations which try to open up artistic methods and aesthetics of the global North to integrate other heritages and knowledges. In DILATION she traces the metaphysical level of birth with a desire to expand beyond the parameters of western scientific descriptions and ways of thinking. For this purpose, she explores indigenous practices and beliefs around pregnancy, birthing, and postnatal processes of the life cycle. She sets out on a multimedia search for holistic curative practices combining different understandings of how to heal traumatic birthing experiences. In DILATION she also reencounters her own profound experience of pregnancy and birth as a root to grow a larger conversation about identity and heritage.
DILATION is a part of the artistic exchange programme Maabara Exchange Theatre of the author and theatre maker Ogutu Muraya. This project shall offer space for trying things out, in the framework of which one is able to work in a practice oriented as well as an experimental manner. Within NEW FREQUENCIES, this first edition shows the works of Esther Kamba and Wanjiku Mwawuganga.
Concept | Performance Esther Kamba Dramaturgy Mueni Lundi Research Assistant Wambua wa Kawive Consulting Doula Kainyu Designer Alacoque Ntome Assistant Victor Opura
The Kenyan-Canadian artist Esther Kamba is living and working in Kenya. She is a director, a dramaturge, a cultural agitator, a feminist provocateur, a mentor, and a mother. In 2016, she founded the Kenyan experimental-multidisciplinary arts company Falme Arts together with other creative people. She is also the co-founder of Directors Incubator, a Kenyan initiative which supports the importance of theatre directors in Kenya. She studied Theatre and Performance Studies at York University in Toronto. Esther Kamba describes herself as a storyteller who calls stereotypes into question with her honest, unembellished stories, and wants to change communities.
Production and realization
Production Maabara Exchange Theatre Co-production SPIELART Theaterfestival I Zürcher Theaterspektakel Realization in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut