New premiere for Nina

By on December 17, 2017
Simon Annand

New premiere for Nina – A story about me and Nina Simone.

The internationally acclaimed and deeply personal musical performance of Nina Simone and Josette Bushell-Mingo’s life, directed by Dritëro Kasapi, makes a unique guest show at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern! By reflecting her life and artistry in the iconic Ninas life and music, Josette creates a double exposure that vibrates through the decades. Through text, music and song we take part in two women’s hopes, dreams, sorrow and success. New premiere on December 20th on the Little Stage.

When Nina Simone took a political position for the civil rights movement and Black Power in the 60’s, her career was negatively affected. We are moving from 1964 – when the hope was strong and the US civil rights movement was at its peak – to a present day, where black’s exclusion is a scary reality, even in Sweden. What did Josette inherit from Nina, and how can she use it today?

Josette Bushell-Mingo is director, singer and actor. She has worked for The Royal Shakespeare Company and has been nominated for Laurence Olivier. In 2007 she was awarded the British Empire OBE: Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – for Services to the Arts. Josette was most recent at the Riksteatern as director of A Grape in the Sun of Lorraine Hansberry, honored in Swedish and international press. She is also artistic director of Tyst Teater and in 2012 she was awarded the Stockholm City Prize in the category of Stage Artist.

Dritëro Kasapi is a director, educated at The Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, as well as deputy performing arts and theater director at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. His latest works at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern are Martyrs (2013) and Lampedusa (2016).

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