“…there is Yemandja in every culture.” — Angélique Kidjo
Global superstar and four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo stars in Yemandja, a new music theater work that is part family drama and part historical thriller, redolent of Greek tragedy and infused with themes of love, betrayal, honor, free will, and the horror and injustice of slavery.
Written by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, and featuring a visual design by Kerry James Marshall, Yemandja features a cast of 10 plus four musicians who come together to illuminate through song what happens when people are robbed of their culture.
YEMANDJA WORLD PREMIERE
MARCH 4 & 5, 2022
General Admission Performance
Friday, March 4, 8pm
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Tickets start at $20
MASS MoCA 2022 Benefit & Performance
Saturday, March 5, 4pm
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Tickets start at $250
View a matinee performance of Yemandja then join in a post-performance cocktail hour, followed by dinner with the cast in MASS MoCA’s Building 6: The Robert W. Wilson Building.
Conceived by Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail & Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Book & Lyrics by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Music by Angélique Kidjo & Jean Hebrail
Developed with and Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Production Designer Kerry James Marshall
Music Director Darryl Archibald
Lighting Designer Kathy A. Perkins
Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson
Costume Designer Mary Jane Marcasiano
Choreographer Beatrice Capote
Sound Designer Kumi Ishizawa
Dramaturg Iyvon E.
Sensitivity Coach Ann James
Casting Andrea Zee
Yemandja is co-commissioned by MASS MoCA, ArtsEmerson, The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, Brown University Arts Institute, Cal Performances, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Holland Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Schwarzman Center. Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film.
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- All ticket-holders over the age of 12 must show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination (accompanied by a photo ID for those over 18). Read our COVID-19 FAQ here.
- This performance will take place inside MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Masks are required for all indoor spaces, except while eating and drinking, regardless of vaccination status.
- No outside food or beverages will be allowed in the venue during the event. Small bites and drinks are available for purchase before the show from our museum cafe, Lickety Split.
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