Unwanted is Dorothée Munyaneza’s second choreographic work to examine the generational wound of genocide, and specifically the physical and mental repercussions of rape used as an instrument of war. A pastor’s daughter who was 12 years old during the genocidal civil war in Rwanda in 1994, she created her first work, Samedi Détente, from childhood memories prior to fleeing with her mother to England. She developed Unwanted after traveling to Rwanda for a commemorative journey, an experience that led to interviews with women survivors and their children. Munyaneza writes, “I want to share their testimonies, I want to sing their sorrows and hopes, I want to dance their lives, their scars, their marks, for they leave some behind. We cannot remain indifferent.” Consequently, she has filled the stage with movement, song, and visuals in order to investigate the ways that the female body holds, moves, and operates within the confines of a lived trauma—and how that body moves toward the renewing power of life.
Munyaneza performs original choreography in Unwanted with the American punk rocker Holland Andrews, a.k.a. Like a Villain, whose vocal range can alternately charm and freeze the listener. Using Andrews’s deft arsenal of electronics, their creative collaboration is elevated by French electronic composer Alain Mahé, who mixes from the stage, and scenic design by South African visual artist Bruce Clarke. Unwanted premiered at Festival d’Avignon in July 2017. The artistic advisor for the new work is Faustin Linyekula, from Kisangani, Congo, whose Chicago premiere was presented by MCA Stage in October 2011.
NOTE: Mature audiences recommended
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes
$30 Full / $24 Members / $10 Students