While some of us have been still “Future Fabulating” in Portugal, others amongst us welcomed Calvin Dondo into our labs. As Calvin was in Brussels to launch his current book: Hodhii Zimbabwe, it was rather clear, to take this chance to see him again after spending time and doing work together in Siachilaba and Harare earlier in the year.
After weeks of designing, building and programming, further weeks of travel, interviews, learning about Zimbabwean history and culture, about the Tonga, the Ndebeli, the Shona and the interrelations between them and the other 13 cultures existing in Zimbabwe, hearing stories about survival, the mundane, the spiritual and the practical, after all these new ideas and influences, we reach the crux of the matter: the opening.
Tales of Resilience was developed in close collaboration with Kunzwana #1. A musical, trans-cultural collaboration of both musical storytelling and freely improvised music.
We did it on our second day in Zimbabwe – we just had to do it again on our second last day. Being good, proper tourists. And it was worthwhile. Seeing all these animals (most of us haven’t seen them before) in extensive national parks was just such an great experience! And – we had the chance to escape “city life” for a little while.
We can’t help ourselves, even if this is a “working-type” blog – we share a few of these impressive creatures with you!
We had the chance to see a bit of Harare the last two days, enjoyed several performances at HIFA, listened to a panel discussion looking at the current developments in curating contemporary African art and finally met the people from the Book Cafe.