PHYSICAL STORYTELLING with Mbene Mwambene (Bern)

Workshop gelaufen. / Workshop is over.

Bring your body, your voice, your imagination. This workshop is about using yourself in space to be everything and anything. Don’t worry about getting stuffed with text. You will be made familiar with basic techniques used in physical storytelling and perform a story with other participants using nothing but your – and their – physique.

(c) Johannes Dietschi / ZHdK
(c) Johannes Dietschi / ZHdK

The workshop focuses on the body as the primary means to enact character, emotions, and locations as well as for narrative advancement. Voice becomes the origin of the character itself. Participants are reminded of their own physicality and shown techniques to put it to use, hands out of pockets, arms unfolded. Unhindered by a director's demands or choking on indigestible lumps of text material, actors are given the opportunity to discover their own bodily creativity. The workshop is suitable for actors, improvisors, comedic performers and everyone else interested in the art of storytelling. You are welcome with whatever level of experience you bring along.

Participants will be working on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but do bring to the workshop as many fairy tales as possible. The workshop will be in English.


Make sure you go to see Mbene's intriguing and bitterly funny solo performance The Story of a Tiger at LICHTHOF Theater on the same day.

Language, Fee, Registration

Saturday, 12th December, 10am – 4pm
LICHTHOF Theater, Mendelssohnstr. 15, 22761 Hamburg
70€ / 50€ reduced
(60€ / 40€ Early Bird reduction for registrations before 15th November)


Registration is complete once the fee has been transferred into this account:


Michel Büch

IBAN: DE77 2905 0101 0012 0693 32

BIC: SBREDE22XXX (Sparkasse Bremen)


About Mbene Mwambene

(c) Philipp Hamedl
(c) Philipp Hamedl

He was born Geoffrey Mbunga Mbene to Malawian parents (both late) in a copper mine township of Mindolo, Kitwe in Zambia. He moved to Malawi in 1997. He considers his English name a stain of colonialism. Mbene  is a theatre performer, journalist, poet, dancer, singer and HIV/AIDS facilitator. His professional acting life has revolved around doing interactive theatre for disadvantaged communities and performing innovative theatre pieces for local and international audiences. He is Project Officer for Nanzikambe Arts, doing weekly drama sessions, life skills training, assertive skills training and leadership skills training the structurally disadvantaged. Mbene was also the first African to be hired to co-conduct a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop at Jakomini Prison in Austria with Thokozani Kapiri (Malawi) and Philipp Hamedl (Austria). He has appeared in numerous stage productions an TV series.

Currently, he is looking at enhancing his artistic experience through sharing his skills with other artists and so seeing how other artists go about doing their work in practice. Seeking to explore different cultural approaches and aspects to theater, he is keen to meet seasoned and upcoming artists from across the world. In a conducive, enabling and interactive environment, he wishes to share techniques and experiences in all kinds of theatre work, and explore the ways in which diverse cultural interaction can inform approaches to the theater.


Mbene is on Facebook.

About Nanzikambe Arts

Nanzikambe Arts is Malawi’s leading arts development organization that is involved in the creation and performance of high quality, innovative touring theatre productions, film and radio drama, and works with the development community in using theatre and the arts to support positive social change on key thematic areas of health, good governance, malaria prevention, HIV&AIDS prevention, maternal health and climate change.

Since its formation in March 2003, Nanzikambe Arts Development Organization has grown to become a centre of excellence in the Southern Africa region, performing collaborative work within Malawi, across the SADC Region and internationally. The organization currently employs 15 core staff and attracts Malawi's most dynamic creative talents ranging from actors, musicians, dancers, choreographers, craftsmen, designers, visual artists to researchers, writers, development practitioners and directors.


Nanzikambe Arts website.

Nanzikambe Arts on Facebook.