Matsenas are back in town
Tuesday 5th April
“My name is Kel Matsena”
“And I’m Anthony Matsena. And together we are…”
The two brothers exude contagious feel-good energy as they introduce themselves. Anthony and Kel Matsena were born in Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe; but grew up in the seaside city of Swansea on the south coast of Wales.
“We’re back in our hometown in Swansea, in Taliesin Arts Centre, where it all started.”
Having excelled at the performing arts and being a part of local dance groups and schools, the Matsenas have a soft spot for Taliesin, the arts centre that’s nestled in the Singleton Campus of Swansea University.
Anthony goes on to say: “We’re back in our hometown in Swansea”, while Anthony chimes in “in Taliesin Arts Centre, baby!”
“Where it all started. We saw our brother performing here in 2008; we said our first words here, and did our first choreographic piece on this very stage. It’s amazing to be here with these amazing people, and hopefully put on an amazing show.”
Anthony and Kel have come a long way since performing their first piece at Taliesin, going on to co-found Matsena Productions, a performance company, focused on the entirety of movement through the use of different performative arts, and remain its co-artistic directors.
The brothers cited the lack of representation they were seeing in schools, on stage and on screen. They both felt there were very few companies that made work around black stories, and Matsena Productions was a remedy to that.
They have spent the last few years researching movement and its relation to the human condition through performance. Having a background in traditional African dancing and a strong background in different styles of hip-hop and krump, they merge contemporary movements together to give performance a whole new meaning.
Strongly moved by aspects of theatre, poetry and writing, the company's work tends to combine different aspects of the performative arts. Recent work has drawn national and international attention, with performances on the main stage of Sadler's Wells as part of Dancing Nation - a project coordinated by Sadler's Wells and the BBC.
“Please come on Thursday to see the Shades of Blue sharing at 5pm and our first feature film, baby, it’s called Error Code 8:46 at 6pm on Friday.”
A sharing of Shades of Blues is completely FREE and is being shown exclusively at the Taliesin Arts Centre this Thursday 7 April at 5pm.
Join Swansea’s own artistic Matsena brothers as they present an excerpt from their upcoming dance-theatre production Shades of Blue, which will go on to tour this spring. You will be invited to share your questions, feeback, interpretations, and thoughts with Anthony and Kel, following this short presentation.
The following day on Friday 8 April at 6pm, the world premiere of the Matsenas’ first ever feaure film, Error Code 8:46. The audience will get an opportunity to speak with the creators of the film after this screening too. This event operates a ‘Pay What You Can’ system, allowing attendees to choose to pay either £5, £7.50, or £10 to view the premiere.
You can book tickets for Shades of Blue here: Book tickets
And tickets for Error Code 8:46 are available here: Buy tickets
????️"We’re back where it all started.— Taliesin Arts Centre (@TaliesinSwansea) April 4, 2022
"We did our first choreographic piece on this very stage. It’s amazing to be here with these amazing people, and hopefully put on an amazing show."
Come give the brothers a warm welcome home this Thursday!