In the past few weeks, artists from Nairobi, Oslo, Windhoek, Beirut and New York created new audio pieces for Zürcher Theater Spektakel. These were broadcast as part of our event series «Collective Listening» via a choir of radios scattered around the Landiwiese and here they can be listened to until the end of September 2020.

The four musicians of the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila compiled one hour of music. In between, they share insights into their everyday life in New York and Beirut.

Find out more about Mashrou' Leila here.

«Ondaanisa yo Pomudhime» (The Dance of the Rubber Tree) is a «performative cleansing ritual» and an on-going project by Namibian performance artist and researcher Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, which manifests in different forms at different times and for which the rubber tree plays an important role. For this sonic piece, the artist created a soundscape of music and poetry that brings into dialogue colonial past and present.

Find out more about Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja & Tschuku Tschuku's «Ondaanisa yo Pomudhime» here.



«Calls of the Hummingbird» tells the story of a little bird who acts very differently from all other animals when faced with a devastating bush fire. Knowing well that it cannot extinguish the fire all by itself, the delicate bird courageously starts fighting the flames nonetheless. When asked about its pointless action, it answers: «I doing the best I can». Inspired by Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist Wangarĩ Maathai, who often told this parable, the author, theatre maker and storyteller Ogutu Mũraya has produced the listening piece «Calls of the Hummingbird», commissioned by Zürcher Theater Spektakel. 

Find out more about «Calls of the Hummingbird» here.