The Myth of Nehanda

At the end of the 19th century, Zimbabwean resistance fighter Charwe Nyakasikana led a revolt against the British occupation of present-day Zimbabwe inspired by the myth of Nehanda, a spirit venerated in Zimbabwe. Nyakasikana was captured by British settlers with four fellow combatants and sentenced to death in 1898. Before her bones were transferred to England, her last words were: 'My bones will rise again.'

In Nehanda, three dancers and two musicians bring the historic court case between Queen Victoria from England and Nehanda de Leeuwenvorstt from Zimbabwe to life through dance and performance. The performance is a call to bring the bones of the heroes of the liberation struggle back to Zimbabwe.

Choreography by Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe/USA).

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