Multi-talented Zimbabwean artist Probeatz has collaborated with a Harare based Lithuanian artist Im Aube in an international project titled STILL STAND _ Lockdown stories. STILL STAND _ 17 Lockdown stories an analog-digital local-international project in lockdown. The project by Kuenda Productions features 32 artists drawn from Germany, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Serbia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, Croatia and Lithuania. Still.Stand is a snapshot, the project tells the stories of different people in a state of emergency.
By Plot Mhako
The Covid_19 response project is a culmination of 17 interviews from across the world conducted with 23 people from diverse backgrounds and professions on their experiences during the lockdown. The paired multidisciplinary mini documentary performances are an adaptation and depiction of these stories through music, dance, animation, storytelling, poetry, hip hop, theatre and film.
Every week two videos are released online on the Kuenda Productions Facebook and Youtube channels and this week Probeatz & Im Aube will premiere on Friday 3rd of July 2020 on : https://www.facebook.com/kuendaproductions/ / Youtube Channel
PRO.BEATZ real name Denzel Takudzwa Bardwell Mashonganyika is a multi-award winning young, rarely talented, versatile beatboxer whose simultaneous vocal percussion abilities defy nature. The firebrand creative is also a hip hop musician whose music has been making waves in addition to his acting and dancing career. A Starbrite winner and the 2015 winner of the DreamStar Zimbabwe Talent Show who went on to bag 5 gold medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts in California, USA.
In the project he collaborated with Im Aube real name Aušrinė Pudževytė a passionate painter, illustrator, interior decorator and a muralist who loves to leave meaningful artworks in every country that she visit. Aušrinė so far has been in over 17 countries of the world and in 14 of them left unique artworks and a huge impact in different people lives. The artist proudly thinks that ART is the biggest love of her life that never betrays and only protects spiritually, mentally and even physically. Aube believes that art and new colors can actually change the atmosphere and rebuild, send a message and bring a lot of love, compassion, realization to our lives.
The two produced their piece based on a story by a German based Filipino teenager Aira Patero.
In the one hour long interview Aira talked about who she is, her normal daily routine and how life with Corona has changed, what consequences she sees for herself and the world, and how she imagines life after Corona, what fear means for her and how she views a situation globally in which all borders are closed and everyone concentrates primarily on dealing with each other.
“As a production platform, we wanted to think further about the project, to create a network with artists who make artistic portraits from the interview material. We wanted to activate artistic activity in a time in which many artists are at home and not working, in which for many there is no income.” said the project director Cindy Jaenicke.
“With support from the city of Flensburg, KUENDA Productions was able to invite international artists included visual artists, dancers, choreographers, street artists, musicians, actors, actresses, writers, poets, graphic artists, video artists who collaborated in pairs of two. From Zimbabwe we have beatboxer and rapper Probeatz, Tinashe Masangudza of Gwevedzi Band, Tamika Manyoni a writer and poet taking part in the project.”
“The response from both sides was great, at the moment many people have a great need to exchange views on the inner state, the emotional consequences and the personal acute situation.”
“We didn’t want to describe and observe from the outside, we wanted to hear what it looks like in a small, personal cosmos. We will take care of further funding to expand the series.” added Cindy.