Performance: "The Book of Life"
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
General Admission: $30.00
Students with ID and Youth 18 & Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents the performance: "The Book of Life" on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

Rwandan writer and activist Odile Gakire “Kiki” Katese takes to the stage with Ingoma Nshya, the Women Drummers of Rwanda, for new theatre project "The Book of Life", a deeply moving perspective on life, loss, and recovery. The performance is filled with personal letters, stirring shadow puppetry, and joyous live drumming from eight professional percussionists. At a time when the world is racked with disharmonies, hatred, and struggle, "The Book of Life" offers hope.

What makes humans go to the edge of the abyss, and then step in? In Rwanda in April of 1994, one million people were murdered in 100 days. The country devoured itself. As has happened far too many times in human history, something terrible turned in the collective unconscious of a people, and the unthinkable became commonplace?

But then what? What happened next — after the worst thing?

In this new theatre project, "The Book of Life", you are led through a remarkable journey. As Katese writes, "We still have the possibility of undoing the genocide in some small way, to bridge the hole that’s been left, not with bones or the clothes they wore when they died — but with their lives. The dinners. The lovers. The dates. The joy. How do we undo the un-undoable? We let them live again."

General admission tickets are $30.00 and Virginia Tech students with ID and youth 18 & under are $10.00.

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Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech is located at 330 Turner Street NW in Blacksburg, VA.

For more information, visit: or or or call 540-231-5300.
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