Venue: Festival Hall

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes


Co-created, written, and performed by Odile Gakire Katese
Co-created and directed by Ross Manson
Projection design by Sean Frey and Kristine White
Production design by Patrick Lavender and Katilin Hickey
Composed by Mutangana Moise
Featuring music performed by Ingoma Nshya, The Women Drummers of Rwanda

Supported in part by the Consulate General of Canada to the Southeast United States.

After the unthinkable, a path forward

Based on creator Odile Gakire Katese’s collected letters from survivors and perpetrators of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, The Book of Life leads audiences on a remarkable journey of pain, grief, acceptance, and rebirth. In this deeply moving performance about finding hope in the aftermath of tragedy, the playwright and cultural entrepreneur’s story reverberates through spoken word and the rhythms of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first-ever female drumming ensemble founded by Katese. In a world racked with hatred and struggle, The Book of Life celebrates healing after trauma and the resilience of the human spirit.

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