Christine Daniels *1991

Christine Daniels, aka Shona, studied social work at ZHAW and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2020. Since 2022 she has been studying Theater Pedagogy in the Master’s program at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Shona is a co-founder and member of „Das Impro Kollektiv“ with whom she plays and performs regularly in Zurich, among others at Karl der Grossen. Further, she moderated the Balsam Festival Switzerland 2021.

„Ich bin ein Hybrid aus der Schweiz und Zimbabwe, das Thema Zugehörigkeit war und ist in meinem Leben sehr präsent. Ich bin sehr interessiert daran, wie der Kolonialismus sich bis heute auf das Gefühl der Zugehörigkeit und das Zusammenleben auswirkt“.

Epimack Adrian Luanda *1991

Epimack Adrian Luanda, aka Mizambwa, studied performing and visual arts at Bagamoyo College of Arts (TaSUBa). Since graduating in August 2021, he taught dance and acting in the performing and visual arts department at TaSUBa. He is a co-founder and leader of the theater company MAGOMA MOTO, with which he has been successfully performing nationally and internationally (a.o. Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) since 2020.

I learned that Tanzania is a rich country. But in my travels through the country, I could not see any of this wealth. How is it possible that we are so poor despite all the natural resources? Then, I studied history and began to understand the phenomenon of neocolonialism.“

Gabriela Raaflaub *1987

Gabriela Raaflaub studied social work and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2015. Since 2018 she has been studying theater pedagogy at the Zurich University of the Arts. As a theater pedagogue, she has already staged in Tanzania, Germany, and Switzerland (a.o. Kulturhaus Helferei Zürich, Theater Gegendruck Recklinghausen). Currently, she is leading a youth club at Schauspielhaus Zürich. Besides, she is regularly on stage as a performer.

„My grandfather worked for many years as a teacher at Mission 21 in Cameroon. As a child, I admired him, but then I grew older and realized my grandfather was not a hero after all. Through several trips to African countries, I began to think about my position as a white woman in this world at a very early age.“

Mary Frank Mwacha *2000

Mary Frank Mwacha, born and raised in Arusha, studied performing and visual arts at Bagamoyo College of Arts (TaSUBa). After graduating in 2021, she has worked as a singer, actress, and dancer in various groups. She is a co-founder of the theater company MAGOMA MOTO, with which she successfully performs nationally and internationally (a.o. Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) since 2020.

„I didn’t think much about the colonial history of Tanzania before the project. Today, I am very proud to be a black woman.“

Theresa Ihrler *1994

Theresa Ihrler graduated in July 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater at Zurich University of the Arts. Since September 2020, she has been doing the Master of Acting and Performing Arts at ZHdK. She is regularly on stage as an actress and performer, among others, at Rote Fabrik Zürich, Theater Neumarkt and Theater Winkelwiese. Together with Gabriela Raaflaub, she has staged plays at Kulturhaus Helferei Zürich and Nafasi Art Space.

„I have been to Tanzania several times. During my visits, I kept coming across traces of German colonial history. I increasingly began to concern myself with the common history and realized how little awareness there was of this topic.“

Emmanuel Basonde *1988

Emmanuel Basonde worked as a fisherman in Kunduchi (Daressalam) for years. He is committed to environmental protection and is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the beach in Kunduchi. 2020 he opened his bar on a former garbage dump in Daressalam. He is the founder of an association and leader of a theater group with which he has performed several times in Daressalam, a.o. Nafasi Art Space.

„We had a school in Daressalam; everything was fine until an NGO from Switzerland took over the school. Then, when the Coronavirus came, and the donations became less, the organization, took all the materials with them, and left the children without a school.