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My Song: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Celebration of Identity



It was a great privilege to receive the Heddapris award for Best Stage Performance for my production "My Song." This accomplishment represents a major achievement in my artistic career, and I am eager to reveal the narrative behind this impactful and profoundly personal show.



Exploring Identity Through "My Song"



"My Song" is more than just a theatrical production for me; it is an artistic exploration of my roots in Zimbabwe and the challenges of identity that minorities face in Norway. The show delves into themes of self-discovery, personal growth, and the quest to find one's voice amidst life's trials and tribulations. Through the lens of resilience, inner strength, and authenticity, "My Song" creates a platform to challenge societal perceptions and celebrate the power of individuality.


I wanted to use this performance as a means to encourage introspection and reflection on how we view one another, emphasizing the strength that comes from unity and the celebration of each person's uniqueness. "My Song" serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of self-acceptance and personal growth, and I hope to have more opportunities to share this production with audiences far and wide.



The Significance of the Heddapris Award



Here is the jury's reasoning:


The Norwegian dance field is constantly developing. This is also evident in the first winner of Best stage performance – dance. The performer has a fearless and unrestricted body language, characterized by strong movements and highlighted by extensive textile use.


The ripple effects of the dancer's deep exploration of his own cultural heritage and the search for an inner voice as an individual and artist create complex, physical vibrations. The specially composed music and the performance on stage help to intensify the winner's vision, and the overall expression hits the audience with great force.


The winner of Best Stage Performance – Dance is Tendai Makurumbandi.


 

Winning the Heddapris award was a momentous occasion that not only recognized my individual achievements but also honored the diverse voices and stories that I represent. This accolade serves as a beacon of hope for individuals from underprivileged backgrounds, highlighting the transformative power of passion and dedication in achieving remarkable success. It inspires me to continue pushing the boundaries within the realm of performing arts and advocating for greater inclusivity and diversity in the industry.



Unforgettable Moments at the Heddapris Ceremony




Attending the Heddapris ceremony was an unforgettable experience filled with inspiration and gratitude. Surrounded by talented artists being recognized for their contributions to the theater, I felt a profound sense of appreciation for the artistry within the community. The evening was a celebration of the hard work and dedication that goes into creating exceptional theater productions, and I was honored to be part of such a prestigious event that showcases the best of Norwegian theater.



Reflecting on Receiving the Award



The moment my name was called out as the winner, I was overcome with emotion and disbelief. The sudden rush of recognition and joy propelled me to the stage, where I accepted the award with profound gratitude and a renewed sense of purpose in my artistic pursuits.


Acknowledgments and Collaborators




I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the talented individuals who brought "My Song" to life:

  • Tendai Makurumbandi: Dancer and choreographer

  • Jo Inge Nes, Jimu Makurumbandi: Musicians

  • Christine Blass: Producer

  • Mikkel Alvheim Åse: Composer

  • Peny Spanou: Set and costume designer

  • Agnethe Tellefsen: Lighting designer

  • Jane Mesinya Makurumbandi: Singer

  • Hooman Sharifi: Dramaturge/advisor





Furthermore, I am thankful for the support of the Arts Council Norway and the Fund for Performing Artists, as well as the collaboration of esteemed partners such as the Opera in Kristiansund, In2IT International Dance Festival, and CODA Oslo International Dance Festival in bringing "My Song" to the stage.


Overall, the experience of creating and performing "My Song" has been a deeply rewarding journey, one that has broadened my horizons as an artist and enriched my understanding of the power of storytelling and performance. This prestigious award serves as a testament to the transformative nature of art and the endless possibilities it offers for self-expression, connection, and celebration of diverse voices in our society.



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