Kaneza Schaal exorcises the ghost of King Leopold II through a mytho-biographical performance.
Building off 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, KLII considers the residue of colonialism in our everyday lives.
The performance draws on archival footage from Belgian filmmaker André Cauvin’s documentary Bwana Kitoko, mixing colonial aesthetics with traditional East African design to create a heightened visual persona. The show offers audiences a unique chance to watch an interdisciplinary project take creative shape.
Duration: 40 minutes
About Kaneza Schaal
Kaneza Schaal is a New York-City based artist working in theater, opera, and film.
Cast & Creative Team
Kaneza Schaal – Creator & Director
Christopher Myers – Design
Chelsea Goding – Managing Director
Cheyanne Williams – Technical Director
Ian Askew – Sound Design
Camila Ortiz – Sound Design
Morgan Johnson – Stage Manager
Lucrecia Briceno – Lighting Design