Kaneza Schaal: KLII
Kaneza Schaal: KLII
“Everything that happens in the space Schaal has carved out for us always feels beautifully, powerfully sacred.” —Artforum
KLII exorcises the ghost of Belgium’s King Leopold II through a mytho-biographical performance by theater-maker Kaneza Schaal. Designed and codirected by Christopher Myers, KLII draws on Mark Twain’s King Leopold’s Soliloquy (1905), a fictional monologue written after Twain’s visit to the Congo Free State, and Patrice Lumumba’s 1960 independence speech in the Congo. 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? Schaal and Myers propose an exorcism in theater, starring one of the villains of the 19th century whose actions resonate through the present day.
Kaneza Schaal is a 2021 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Theatre.
KLII is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. KLII is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and NPN/VAN. This project is supported by the National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund and Documentation & Storytelling Initiative with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). KLII was co-commissioned as part of the Eureka Commissions program by the Onassis Foundation.
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