112-year-old Kanyoni Ladislas, grandfather of composer Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, is a legend. During his long life as a hunter and a traditional doctor, he saw colonisation, the independence struggle, genocides and post-war massacres transform Rwanda into the fragile country it is today. This inspired Lierman to create UMVA! 

In this work Lierman further breaks down the boundaries between radio art and storytelling. Via headphones she immerses you in a hybrid sound world with instrumental and vocal music, sound effects, Afrique concrète and abstract electronics.

Umva ! is a new performance installation, and phase three of Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman's ongoing research into (modern) forms of animism and how animistic worldviews have managed to survive despite intense oppression through heavy colonization.

composer, scenography, choreography, concept & realisation
Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman
Rebecca Danksagmuller, Gaetan La Mela, Maya Felixbrodt, Gil Gomes, Kaito Winse
HERMESensemble & Silbersee in coproduction with Het Laatste Bedrijf
with the support of
Gallop Tax Shelter


08.03.2023 – 20:00u – Concertgebouw Brugge (première)