Almasi returns with Chirorodziva

HARARE - Almasi, a drama and arts organisation, co-founded Hollywood actress Danai Gurira and film director Patience Tawengwa, will present a physical theatre performance titled Chirorodziva on Friday and Saturday at the University of Zimbabwe Beit Hall.

Chirorodziva, conceptualised and facilitated by Tafadzwa Bob Mutumbi, is the result of a physical theatre workshop led by Tafadzwa Bob Mutumbi and hosted by the University of Zimbabwe last week.

The workshop consisted of mostly University of Zimbabwe students and artists who have worked with Almasi Collaborative Arts.

Physical theatre is a genre of theatre that puts emphasis on movement rather than dialogue.

The most common type of physical theatre Zimbabweans maybe familiar with is mime.

The performance can either be based on a pre-existing script.

Chirorodziva is a narrative that will be an exploration of dreams, spirituality and identity.

According to Mutumbi, who has just returned from the United States where he was pursuing studies in physical theatre at Dell Arte, the play chronicles a survival journey through the mind of a weary soul that is trying to keep its aspirations afloat.

It also brings to light the dreaded reality of how broken and miserable mankind can be in the midst of their efforts to attain their goals.

The play, which focusses on daily challenges which confront humanity, is a must-see to all performing arts fanatics as it is a super-charged assortment of humour, poetry, dance and drama.

The production features an all-star cast of theatre experts that have recorded success here at home and abroad, namely Kudzai Sevenzo, Everson Ndlovu, Rumbidzai Karize, Musa Saruro, Brezhnev Guvheya, Tholakele Anita Jim, Previledge Gwaba, Priscilla Mutendera, Tawanda Mutumbu and Khethani Michael Banda.

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