Through interlacing literary text, video projection and storytelling, Ogutu Muraya questions how to deal with an inherited history full of complexities. The performance reimagines James Baldwin’s essay Princes and Powers which describes a congress of Afro-intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers, and theorists, held at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1956.
‘Art was a way for me to survive. During my political science studies, I constantly heard about all that was wrong with the world, but not how I could deal with it or react to it. Art became a retroactive process of healing, a way to question and investigate something, and to share the fruits of that research with an audience. ... Theatre allows me to zoom in and out, to linger somewhere or to just let go, to deconstruct something and deal with it from different perspectives.’