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KLII

KLII

Chelsea Factory
January 9, 11-14, 18-22 Run Time: 65 Minutes

KLII 
Created by Kaneza Schaal 
Presented in association with Chelsea Factory 

KLII exorcizes the ghost of King Leopold II through a mytho-biographical performance by theater-maker Kaneza Schaal. Designed and co-directed by Christopher Myers, KLII draws on Mark Twain’s King Leopold’s Soliloquy published in 1905, a fictional monologue written after Twain’s visit to Congo Free State and Patrice Lumumba’s 1960 independence speech in Congo. Increasingly our demons are invisible, long-hidden racism, misogyny, misinformation, and even the virus. How do we handle these threats which are as central to our everyday life as they are hidden? Schaal and Myers propose an exorcism in theater, starring one of the villains of the 19th century whose actions resonate through the present day.

Director’s Note: I have been thinking about the nature of evil. Today, we look at a figure like King Leopold II with mock horror. His atrocities stun and outrage. However, we rarely look at a figure like Leopold II without the safety of saying he is bad and we are done with him. What of his residue in our everyday lives? And the new Leopolds that emerge every day? Increasingly our demons are invisible, long hidden racism and misogyny, misinformation, even the virus. How do we handle these threats which are as central to our everyday life as they are hidden. KLII proposes an exorcism, in theater, starring one of the villains of the 19th century whose actions resonate through the present day. This remixing points towards the flush of revolutionary thought and practice that flooded between black people internationally in the mid 20th century and ignited movements of solidarity between formerly enslaved and colonized peoples around the world. A moment where the looking inward and outward at imperialism and evil mobilized powerful South-South alliances from Cuba to Ethiopia to Senegal to Vietnam to Haiti to Rwanda. Unless we look at these Leopolds both within us and around us we are doomed to relive their horrors.

–Kaneza Schaal

 

Texts: King Leopold’s Soliloquy by Mark Twain, Patrice Lumumba’s 1960 independence speech in Congo, Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire, monologue by Christopher Myers.

 

Chelsea Factory
January 9, 11-14, 18-22 Run Time: 65 Minutes

PRODUCTION DETAILS.

This production is at Chelsea Factory. To learn more and access tickets, please follow the link: https://www.chelseafactory.org/utr-klii. Note: by clicking the link you are leaving The Public Theater’s Website. 

Chelsea Factory is located at 547 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Chelsea Factory Box Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 11AM - 4PM
Contact
By email: [email protected]
By phone: 917.281.6379

CALENDAR.

How to Access Tickets

All ticket access begins at 12PM ET on the days listed below unless otherwise specified:
Partner & Supporters: November 9
General Access: November 10

Chelsea Factory Box Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 11AM - 4PM

Contact
By Email: [email protected]
By Phone: 917.281.6379



Creative.

Kaneza Schaal
Creator, Co-Director, and Performer
Christopher Myers
Designer and Co-Director
Camila Ortiz
Sound Designer
Ian Askew
Sound Designer and Performer
Itohan Edoloyi
Lighting Designer
Jonathan Kubakundimana
Dance Consultant
Kenita Miller
Recorded Vocals
Cheyanne Williams
Technical Director and Performer
James Gibbel
Design Associate
Chelsea Goding
Managing Director
Sifiso Mabena
Performer

Press.

New York-based theatre artist Kaneza Schaal’s newest one-act play, KLII…intervenes in the monuments discourse with a flesh-and-blood resurrection or, as the programme notes, ‘an exorcism’ of the villainous King Leopold II. In doing so, the show invites us into a more meaningful consideration of the lasting social and psychic repercussions of the colonialist project.

- Amber Power, Frieze

SPONSORS & ADDITIONAL SUPPORT.

KLII is a NPN Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Walker Art Center, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and REDCAT. KLII was co-commissioned as part of the Eureka Commissions program by the Onassis Foundation. KLII is supported by The W Foundation.

Special Thanks to Amy Cassello, Vallejo Gantner, Daniel Alexander Jones, Tommy Kriegsmann, Kamal Nassif, Naima Ramos-Chapman, Malaika Uwamahoro, Jade Ventura, PAOS GDL and Lorena Peña Brito, and Bea Laszlo.

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