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Day trip to Nyanza

Saturday was our first day off from working with the students at the URCE. Our CUNY cohort, accompanied by our Rwandan liasons and friends, Jean and Leon, headed out early in the morning to the southern province of Nyanza to … Continue reading

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Skill Building … and History

We began our day with the Rwandan students and MA students deconstructing the N-word. The day prior, the word was used in terms of a music reference and we felt it was important not to ignore it. Ahn gave a … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Beautiful Rwanda

Today was our last full day together in Rwanda. We drove for three hours through the countryside to reach Lake Kivu, where we took pictures of sparkling blue water surrounded by rolling hills that disappear into mist. When I get … Continue reading

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“The Magic Calabash” Photographs

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Turongera

Two days ago, we all, CUNY and URCE students together, began creating a play using the folk tale The Magic Calabash as inspiration. Yesterday, Friday, after a whirlwind devising and rehearsal process, we ended that process with a final performance … Continue reading

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Singing Together

Two days ago, I learned a Rwandan song of celebration, and the students who taught it to my classmates and me invited me to sing the lead part (the call of the call-and-response) when we shared it back to our … Continue reading

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Playbuilding Part I

There were around 80 of us sitting in a circle, listening to Helen and Chris tell the folktale of The Magic Calabash. Their arms gestured wildly as their voices imitated curious children, greedy parents, playful Water Spirits, and a Giant … Continue reading

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