A HOME Commission
By Chanje Kunda and Lloyd Nyikadzino
Join HOME in an international panel of experienced theatre makers from the UK and the African continent. Panel hosts Chanje Kunda (UK and international theatre performer, recently a representative on the National Freelancers Task Force) and Lloyd Nyikadzino (An award-winning theatre director and actor, founder of the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy Trust and artistic director for Mitambo International Theatre Festival) team up with an international panel of emerging and experienced artists to scope out what we’ve lost, what we’ve gained, and how to constructively create within the new horizons.
As creatives, we absorb the world around us and deliver performance and art based on our experience and learning. Before the pandemic, we took influence from the art we took part in and witnessed, as well as freely mixing with fellow creatives in organized and casual ways. The worldwide lockdowns have broken this natural confluence of creative networking and development. Has a virtual, zoom-connecting of networks inhibited our creative pathways, or enabled a wider platform of possibility. Who influences you during lockdown?
Live discussion with aspiring artists from Manchester, London, Zimbabwe, and other African countries
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.
We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to HOME’s response fund to allow HOME to continue to support future artists and commissions.
The artists will donating all the money raised to the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy Trust, who support and train theatre makers in Zimbabwe.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
We are ensuring that all the Homemakers commissions are accessible as possible for everyone so if you need to access this project in a different format please email email@example.com
Chanje Kunda is a poet, playwright and performance artist. Her work explores 21st century life, and aims to use art as a tool to transform lives, shift consciousness and also bring joy to an otherwise serious and stressful modern existence. She predominately works as a solo artist in performance, across the literary, theatrical and live art sectors.
UK performance highlights include features at The Royal Albert Hall, the Southbank and the Royal Exchange, in addition to touring arts centres and festivals throughout the country. Internationally she has performed at the Calabash Literature Festival, Jamaica. As an artist-in-residence in the Netherlands, she has performed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Groningen. She has also toured work to Zimbabwe and South Africa. Other international representation includes selection by the British Council for IETM conferences in Romania and Croatia.
In addition to her live performance work, Chanje has produced audio visual performance for digital media. During lockdown in 2020, Chanje has had creative commissions from DadaFest International Festival, Manchester International Festival and the Imperial War Museum.
Lloyd Nyikadzino is a multi-award winning theatre professional with over 10years of experience. He continues to work extensively as an educator, director, arts manager, performer and arts consultant, locally and internationally.
A graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and University of Zimbabwe; serving as school director for the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy and artistic director for Mitambo International Theatre Festival. Lloyd is a fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts-USA, Theatertreffen Fellow – Germany, Magnet Theatre –South Africa and The Lab – Georgetown University-USA.
He has been involved with a number of Zimbabwe communities in creating and presenting performances for social transformation, targeting the politically, socially and economically marginalized populations. He has also worked as a guest mentor at the University of Zimbabwe –Theatre Arts Department, theatre guest lecturer at the Midlands State University and a drama teacher at Girls High School, Harare in Zimbabwe. He also serves as a worldwide coordinator of the International Theatre Institute’s – Network of Emerging Arts Professionals (NEAP), which is committed to the professional development of the next generation of global cultural leaders.