ANTHEM OF LIFE TRILOGY

WRITTEN BY TOLOLWA M. MOLLEL

SYNOPSIS

The Zulu Gods create us, and then argue and scheme over whether we will live or die. Adapted from South African Poet Laureate Mazisi Kunene’s Epic Anthem of the Decades, Anthem of Life features African-style storytelling, Odissi Classical Indian Dance, Choral work, Hindustani vocals, and Huge Zulu-inspired Masks.

2021 PRODUCTION

Theatre Prospero is developing, producing, and touring Mollel's Anthem of Life Trilogy from 2020 to 2023.

 

Part 1 will premiere at the Thousand Faces Festival June 2021, and tour to Edmonton Schools that spring.

2017 WORKSHOP

The workshop production of Part 1 of Mollel’s Anthem of Life Trilogy was performed at the Thousand Faces Festival in May 2017. The workshop enchanted an audience of scholars, dancers, and seven-year-olds.

 

Directors: Mark Henderson and Jennifer Spencer

Costumes, Props, and Masks Designed by: Randall Fraser

Lighting Designer: Ami Farrow

Featuring Jessy Ardern, Barry Bilinsky, Srijan Chaterjee, Sarah Culkin, Joel Dinicola, Tololwa Mollel, Enakshi Sinha, and Bill Yong.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

With his roots as a theatre actor and dramatist in Canada where he lives and Tanzania where he grew up, Tololwa is a theatrical performer of stories he writes for the stage. At times he performs solo, other times with co-performers. A mix of the storyteller’s art and that of the actor-performer characterize Tololwa’s performances, which he does through enactment, audience engagement, selective use of props and costume pieces, movement, and at times song. He performs for all ages. His last play, “Anthem of Life”, was produced for the Thousand Faces Festival in 2017. 

More on Tololwa: http://www.tololwamollel.com/

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