By Alexander Nderitu
DANCE: Zakiya Iman Markland as Josephine Baker in ‘La Négrophilie’ |
Written and performed by Zakiya Iman Markland, La Négrophilie has been staged in several venues across the world, including: Frank Collymore Hall in Bridgetown, Barbados; Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda; Kampala International Theatre Festival in Kampala, Uganda and Teatro SEA in New York, USA.
In a description posted on her official website, the playwright describes the work thus:
But what happens to the soul when fetishization, and eroticization of the body is the price you pay for fame…for freedom? Shuttling 40+ years in time, La Négrophilie takes you on the twisty ride of young Josephine’s rise to international stardom, all the while leaving behind a trail of questions about the good, bad, and ugly of oppressive love.’
Meanwhile, Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play was created by Tymisha Harris (Performer), Michael Marinaccio (Director/Producer) and Tod Kibro(Book and Musical Direction). The one-woman show wowed audiences at the 2017 Fringe Festival (USA) where it scooped multiple honors, including 'Outstanding Production of the Year',' Best Leading Actress in a Musical' (Orlando Sentinel Critic’s Pick), 'Best National Show', 'Outstanding Female Performance' and 'Festival Top Seller'. In 2016, the show scooped the ‘Best of Fest’ and ‘Outstanding Solo Performance at Fringe Festival ‘in San Diego, USA.
|Actress Tymisha Harris in Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play|
The real Josephine Baker in her hey day