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PHOTOS: Hereroland play exceeds expectations

Telling Namibian history through the arts in Germany.


A play by Namibians and Germans about the genocide of the Herero in what was then German Southwest Africa. David Ndjavera, who has won several awards as the best director in Namibia and himself a Herero descendant, has developed an interactive piece with Gernot Grünewald, representative of modern documentary theater, in which the audience experiences performances, exhibitions and theater scenes. The warlord Lothar von Trotha let more than 40,000 Herero die between 1904 and 1908. The consequences of the genocide can still be felt in Namibia today.

The play includes some of Namibia’s finest artists that range from song composures, directors and choreographers including Glenn-Nora Zeupareje Tjipura, Gift Uzera, Lizette Vezemboua Kavari, West Uarije, Rudolf Dantago Schimming and Big Ben Kandukira.

According to Thalia Theatre, the play is sold out in Germany until 14 February. The page further states that co-director Gernot Grünewald, representative of modern documentary theater, and his team traveled to Namibia and interviewed politicians, activists, people from the region and German-born farmers. Together with Ndjavera, they develop a walk-in museum in which the audience can experience performances, exhibitions and theater scenes in parallel.

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