Mwenya B. Kabwe

Ocean Oration : Gloss

Mwenya B. Kabwe is a Zambian-born, South African-based theatre maker, performer, educator, creative facilitator and mother of two. Her original work includes: Please Do Not Leave Your Baggage Unattended (the Drill Hall, Johannesburg 2007); for nomads who have considered settling when the travel is enuf (Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance, Cape Town 2007); 27 Windows, 4 Doors, 2 Taps (Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance, 2010); Migritude’s Echo (Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance, 2011); Afrocartography: Traces of Places and all points in between (The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Afrovibes Festival, Wits Main Theatre 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014); 21 Wandah!  (The Market Lab, Johannesburg 2017); A Zambian Space Odyssey and Jacaranda Time with Tegan Bristow and Cameron Harris (The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg 2017). Kabwe is also one of the seven 2007 Spier Contemporary winners for a collaborative performance work titled Unyawo Alunampumlo – The Foot Has no Nose (with Chuma Sopotela and Kemang Wa Lehulere). Kabwe’s publications include Transgressing Boundaries: Making Theatre from an Afropolitan Perspective (South African Theatre Journal, 2007)Untethered in a Performance of Afrohybrid (Studio Museum, Harlem New York, 2008); Afrophobia Exposed (Rootz Africa Magazine, 2008); A Tea Party for Unholy Ghosts (Art South Africa, 2011); Performing Africa Differently: A re-imagining of Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of Negro (Performative Inter-Actions in African Theatre 2: Diaspora Representations & the Interweaving of Cultures, 2013) and Mobility, Migration and ‘Migritude’ in Afrocartography: Traces of Places and all points in between (Performing Migrancy and Mobility in Africa: Cape of Flows, 2015). She currently teaches at Wits University School of Arts in the Department of Theatre and Performance.