La Négrophilie depicts the rise to fame of the iconic “ Black Venus” Miss Josephine Baker. The piece journey with Josephine from age 6-25, from her home in St Louis, Illinois, to her first years in Paris, France, meeting along the way members of Josephine’s family and various impactful auditioners who at one point each seemed to hold the fate of her career in their hands. Experiencing extremely harsh rejection from the black American community, yet surprising adoration and acceptance by the white French community.We witness a change in her view of self that is as chilling as it is saddening. What happens to the spirit when the body is exorcized, eroticized and fetishized for the price of freedom? With iconic stardom, steeped in the objectification of the black body, I dare to ask was Josephine Baker just another nigga in Paris?[note***nigga: a black person who is mentally and or physically enslaved]
The Kampala International Theater Festival is a 4-day festival organized each year in partnership between BAYIMBA Foundation and Tebere Arts Foundation as a platform that offers development of professionalism among theater practitioners and broadens access to Theatre by supporting and facilitating the presentation of Theatre productions.
This is achieved through the various workshops, jam sessions, productions and networking sessions that are programmed during the Festival.
The 7th edition is supposed to happen in November 2020 but due to Covid19 and how fast it spreads, we have decided to postpone the physical edition until further notice. We hope that an in-person gathering for our festival can be held again in 2021.