In an elaborately cosmic attempt to reignite the connection to her ancestral inheritance, Takura blends western ideas of quantum physics and astrology with zimbabwean myth to reconnect with the spirit of her dead grandmother. Despite the disapproval of her family Takura voyages through google in an attempt to connect with the ancestral plane.
Will her Mbuya approve of Takura now? Or should some traditions be left to rest?
Told through spoken word poetry, movement, live looping and animation, ‘dark matter’ is a lyrically playful piece that explores the power of reclaiming and remixing traditions.
Themes: colonisation, queerness in the african diaspora, grief, ritual, afrofuturisum, belonging, spiritual inheritance and cultural cosmologyy.
Animations – Gisela Mulindwa
Choreography – Tinovambinashe Sibanda
Lighting Design – Desharn Parar
Stage Management – Molly Tackerberry
Sound Design – Joe Browning
Written and Performed by – Tatenda Naomi Matsvai
Tatenda Naomi Matsvai (playwright/performer)
Tatenda Naomi Matsvai (aka 2tender) is a facilitator and devised performance maker, working with spoken word poetry in theatrical and non-theatrical performance contexts. Tatenda's work is mainly bio mythical, infusing her lived experience with myth, to challenge colonial cosmologies. Their performances are joyful, participatory, and multidimensional.
Tatenda’s work has been performed as part of Peckham previews (Theatre Peckham) Words First (The Roundhouse Camden) and Between.Pomiędzy
literary Festival (poland)
Gisela Mulindwa (Animator)
Gisela Mulindwa (.She/Her)
Is an experimental animator and visual artist, she studied BA Animation at Edinburgh College of Art. Gisela’s practice focuses on understanding identity in relation to cultural expectations. Interested in using a mixed media she plays with stop-motion, collage, pixilation, and live action to visualise ideas. She focuses on the use of dense textures to insist on reality within the hyperreal and through whimsical and vibrant imagery, tackles a personal analysis of the relationship between the self and other.
Joe Browning (Sound Designer)
Joe Browning (he/him)is a multimedia composer and performer, combining folk techniques with digital technology to create communal experiences. With a focus on media’s relationship with consciousness, Joe opens advanced production and media archives to the collaborative techniques of live theater. Combining new media and community arts, Joe has produced sound and performed, in film, theater and virtually across the UK and internationally.
Tinovimbanashe is a movement artist and actor.
Alongside experience of ensemble, cover/swing and dance captain work, her creative credits include; Movement Director/Choreographer for The Importance of being Earnest (English Touring Theatre Company,Leeds Playhouse and Rose theatre Kingston);
Choreographer for Millennials (The Other Palace); Gentlemen Prefer Blo
Press & Reviews
"Tatenda Naomi Matsvai’s Dark Matter, was a work-in-progress in 2021 and returns to stage with this Afrofuturistic play exploring spirituality." (The Voice online)
Cast & Creative Team Animations - Gisela Mulindwa
Choreography - Tinovambinashe Sibanda
Stage Manager - Molly Tackerberry
Sound Design - Joe Browning
Set Designer - Phyllys Egharevba
Written and Performed by - Tatenda Naomi Matsvai