Demobilized Youth Theatre Performance – Hozwa Mwana w’u Rwanda

When: Friday, April 27th, 7pm
Where: Ishyo Arts Center, Kacyiru

Entrance: FREE


Hozwa Mwana w’u Rwanda follows a group of boys recently returned from the Congo ( DRC).  Beginning with their memories of the forest, the piece moves into their stories of return and their current moment of transition, highlighted by a fairy tale of a boy named Chance who is rejected by his family and is rescued by a magical fish.  Hozwa M’wana w’u Rwanda was written by the CRC Demobilized Youth and reflects their reflections, fears, and hopes as they begin the process of reintegrating into civilian life in Rwanda.

Hozwa Mwana w’u Rwanda is  a play created and performed by a group of recently demobilized child soldiers from the Child Rehabilitation Center (CRC)  in Musanze.  The piece has been devised by the cast through bi-weekly theatre workshops at the CRC this past month, and is based on the boys’ experiences.


Ailin Conant is an American-born theatre director now based in London. She is the Artistic Director of Theatre Témoin with whom she has previously worked in Rwanda to devise Ni Ibya Buri Wese with Never Again Rwanda’s semi-professional theatre troupe One Family.  Ailin is currently working on theatre projects with ex-fighters and ex-soldiers worldwide as a Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellow.

 Elizabeth Senja Spackman was a 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing in Rwanda, and she worked with the group Art Works Ink to create the new theatre piece sky like sky.  Elizabeth has an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. She has worked intensively with Rhodessa Jones’s Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women in the prisons of San Francisco, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Paris. She currently teaches in the literature department at Kigali Institute of Education.

Ariane Zaytzeff is a French theater artist and PhD student. She was trained in France as an actress and lighting designer, and she is writing her dissertation in Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She currently lives in Rwanda where she is conducting her research.

Pacifique Walid Ishimwe was born in Kigali.  He studied electronics, and is a philosopher at heart.  He is collaborating on this project as a translator and co-facilitator.

The play will be performed in Kinyarwanda with French and English subtitles, and will be followed by a Q&A with the CRC youth.  The piece has been made possible through the generous support of the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission, Positive Productions, and the US Embassy in Rwanda; with additional support from the Goethe Institute and The French Embassy.

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