HIFA Harare International
Festival of the Arts

Making Men & Mamy Wata

Dance • Tickets: $0.00

Mamy Wata is a contemporary African-dance piece based

on an African mythical, powerful, beautiful and seductive

spirit that dwells in the water.

Dunia Dance Theatre will set an updated version of

this 30-minute conte piece, originally created at the

turn of the century, for a group of AfriKera dancers for

HIFA 2018. This ‘tale’ piece pivots around Oral Tradition,

Female empowerment, religious devotion, and waterrelated

environmental issues.

Making Men

Dunia Dance Theatre will present an excerpt of a new

piece with four AfriKera dancers evolving around the

theme of masculinity. The work focuses on a group of

individuals in the process of becoming men. Are they free

to choose to do so in any way they deem appropriate,

or are they forced and expected to pass through certain

rites? Will they proceed unquestioningly, as is expected,

into manhood through various stages of their lives,

adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by



Concept/ Choreography by: Harold George (DDT)

Assisted by: Soukaina M.L. Edom

“…the sensual and kinetically exciting mythic tale, Mamy

Wata, danced with amazing physical grace and power…” -

Artlies Magazine, Houston Texas


“A bewitching mix of the Ancient and modern” - Luisa

Moffet, Brussels, Belgium


“All the ingredients were brought together in Mamy

Wata…from the costumed storyteller to traditional

drummers and at the heart of it all, dancers of amazing

virtuosity…” - Ann Holmes, Houston Chronicle




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