THE INGABO – a night to fall

Actors at the premiere in Bujumbura. / Actors at the premiere in Bujumbura. (Photo: Umunyinya).

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The Ingabo – A night to fall is a transcultural music theater project in which artists from Burundi and Germany tell stories of resistance together.

Together they show the devastation of colonization from a Burundian perspective in the form of a re-enactment of the Abadasigana Uprising, the seven-year resistance against German colonization in the Kingdom of Burundi. At the same time, the artists examine the German perspective on colonization at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. They are also looking for parallels to a German history of resistance - the uprising of the Silesian weavers, which the author Gerhart Hauptmann memorialized in his famous work “The Webers” in 1892.

By combining German-Burundian history with historical texts and sensual elements such as dance, music and singing, “The Ingabo – A night to fall” creates an extraordinary theater experience that tells of past injuries as well as today's similarities and the possibility of encounter and exchange.

Ultimately, it is a piece about the need for empathy but also for pride and defensiveness where empathy is lacking and oppression begins.

“Coming and Going” – The Six Cities Association Festival – is cooperating on the project! with Umunyinya asbl Bujumbura and the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz-Zittau.

The premiere took place in Bujumbura on March 31 and April 1, 2023.

This piece is also performed in Germany. Make a note of these details now:

  • 1.7./2.7. Klosterhof, Zittau (entrance fee 15 euros)
  • 5.7./6.7. Forecourt of the Linden Museum, Stuttgart (free)
  • 8.7. Street theater festival ViaThea, Görlitz (free)
  • 9.7. German-Sorbian Folk Theater, Bautzen (entrance 15 euros)

Funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation’s TURN2 fund. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

THE INGABO - A night to fall

The Ingabo - A night to fall is a project of the theater musical transculturel dans lequel des artists du Burundi et d'Allemagne racontent ensemble des histoires de résistance.

Ensemble, ils montrent les ravages de la colonization d'un point de vue Burundais sous the forme d'un réenactment du soulèvement d'Abadasigana, the résistance de sept ans contra la colonization anglaise dans le royaume du Burundi. In parallel, the artists* studied the point of view in Germany on the colonization in the 19th century and at the debut of the 20th century. It is a parallel example of a historical resistance - the revolt of Silésie's forces, from the author Gerhart Hauptmann's own homage in 1982 in his celebrated oeuvre “The Weber”.

En associant l'histoire Germano-Burundaise à des textes historiques et à des éléments sensoriels tels que la dance, la musique et le chant, “The Ingabo – A night to fall” crée an expérience théâtrale exceptionalnelle qui parle aussi bien des Blessures passées que des points communs actuels et de la possibilité de rencontre et d'échange.

In fin de compte, il s'agit d'une pièce sur la nécessité de l'empathie, mais also sur la fierté et la capacity de se defense là où l'empathie fait défaut et où commence l'oppression.

Pour ce project, “Coming and Going” – The Six Cities Association Festival! coopère with Umunyinya asbl Bujumbura and the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz-Zittau.

The premiere in the city of Bujumbura on March 31 and April 1, 2023.

This piece is also available in Allemagne. Note on the dates in the agendas:

  • 1.7./2.7. Klosterhof, Zittau (entrée 15 euros)
  • 5.7/6.7. esplanade du Linden Museum, Stuttgart(free)
  • 8.7. Festival de théâtre de rue ViaThea, Görlitz (free)
  • 9.7. German-Sorbian Folk Theater, Bautzen (entrée 15 euros)

Based on the TURN2 Fund from the Federal Cultural Foundation. Soutenu by the Délégué du Federal Government à la culture et aux médias.

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