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Odile Gakire Katese and Volcano Theater
The Book of Life

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Texas Premiere
Based on creator Odile Gakire Katese’s collected letters from survivors and perpetrators of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, The Book of Life leads audiences on a remarkable journey of pain, grief, acceptance, and rebirth. In this deeply moving performance about finding hope in the aftermath of tragedy, the playwright and cultural entrepreneur’s story reverberates through spoken word and the rhythms of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first-ever female drumming ensemble founded by Katese. In a world racked with hatred and struggle, The Book of Life celebrates healing and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Additional Activities

Performance as Public Practice Fridays @ 2 Discussion
Ahead of the performance at McCullough Theatre, UT's Department of Theatre & Dance welcomes Volcano Theater's Kiki Katese as part of its Performance as Public Practice speaker series. Katese is the founder of Rwanda’s first-ever female drumming ensemble.

Friday, Sep 29, 2 p.m. | Winship Building, 2.112
Free and open to the public

Sat, Sep 30 | 2 p.m.

George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Join us for a drum circle talk featuring discussions with our guests from Rwanda, Kiki Katese and the Women Drummers of Rwanda, led by Austin artist Nailah Akinyemi-Sankofa. Area black women drummers are invited to bring drums, make music together, and share ideas about the rewards of overcoming life’s challenges through performing arts.

Join us for a post-performance discussion
Immediately following each performance
Audience members are invited to stay and talk with members of the company
For Ticket-holders Only

Supported, in part, by the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts Production and the Z. T. Scott Family Endowment for the Performing Arts.

Media Sponsor: KAZI