Shailja Patel – Kenyan Poet, Artist & Activist performs Bwagamoyo at Williams College March 1-2 [Berkshire on Stage]

Shailja Patel (photo by Wambui Mwangi)
Shailja Patel (photo by Wambui Mwangi)

Bwagamoyo (Dump Your Heart) is a riveting text based performance by Shailja Patel that fuses passion, poetry and politics.

Williams College will present the story of her journey, Bwagamoyo – Migritude, the second work in a four part series by this Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist Shailja Patel. With the title of Migritude, which charts a voyage from colonial Zanzibar to Kenya’s 2008 post-election violence by way of the male body. Bwagamoyo, performed by Shailja Patel and Owiso Odera, is “un-theatre”. History, race, and anatomy, collide in text as dense and vital as the body’s blood supply to its muscles. “Staged reading on steroids meets spoken word on a mission” the promotional materials say.

Shailja’s 90-minute spoken-word theatre show. It uses her trousseau of saris, passed down by her mother, to unfold hidden histories of women’s lives in the bootprint of Empire, from India to East Africa.

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