Munotida Chinyanga is an Anti-Disciplinary Practitioner and Experience Designer creating work primarily through Creative Direction and Sound Design. Munotida is also a 2021 Jerwood Live Work Fund Awardee, her practice focusing on experimenting with ways to empower audiences to become active spectators and contribute to creative processes. Munotida facilitates Europe-wide connections between countries, disciplines and artists, investigating how theatre/ performance and sonic art can facilitate the bringing together of a community. Working on ways we can mediate dialogue that is cross cultural creating both sonic and performative experiences for audiences. Munotida studied BA & MA in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University focusing on Multidisciplinary practices, Sonic Art and International Collaboration. She has worked at venues such as; Omnibus Theatre, The Young Vic, The Gate theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, CLEANBREAK and Rose Bruford teaching on the European Theatre Arts course. She was assistant director to Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director of the Young Vic) on Tree (2019), premiering at Manchester’s International Festival. International work includes Creative Europe residences in Serbia (2016), France (2017) and Malta (2017). She has directed productions and delivered masterclasses at Teatro India, The National Theatre of Rome and Teatro di Akrai, The National Institute of Ancient Drama, Sicily, YIYUAN TANG Museum in China supported by UKNA. Munotida was selected as the honorary International Artist for Parma Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2021 supported by BJCEM and Creative Europe. She is also a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University. Most importantly, Munotida loves WWE, RHCP, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2008, sparkling water, Next-Day Delivery, Same-Day Delivery, Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins Wrestlemania 31, GTA radio stations, Rome, the moment before the action, the smell of the sun in Zimbabwe and seeing “approved” transactions on the card machine.
- "But When", Outdoor Performance, 2021But When? is an outdoor performance experienced on headsets allowing audiences to follow four friends on their journey back to each other after a long separation period due to lockdown and the restrictions of 2020. Promenade theatre, a vibrant soundtrack and physical movement combine in a unique total theatre experience. Made through collaborative workshops with local young people to explore life in lockdown and the joy of reconnecting. A co-production by Tangled Feet, Next Generation Youth T
- "Supper Freak" - Immersive Dining ExperienceSupper Freak: the 70s inspired immersive dining experience showcasing positive black history. Supper Freak is the new immersive dining show, proving that theatre can be fun, inclusive and well-rounded. At a time when it’s easy to be disconnected from theatre – which can be an exclusionary environment for people of colour and feel like one eternal run of Shakespearean drivel – immersive theatre flings the audience right into the centre of the story. It puts the onus on us to actively make the mos
- "The Gathering", Community Performance, Chongming Island China 2019UK Young Artists is took seven UK artists: Charlotte Cullen, Juliet Gibbs, Matt Greenwood, Munotida Chinyanga, Ryan Boultbee, Sam Baker and Sasha Hughes-Stanton to work with an international group of young artists from the Republic of China and South Korea as part of the 2019 YIYUAN TANG Museum & Foundation Artshake in China, September 2019. This ‘international gathering’ offered artists an opportunity to work in a fluid and open way, creating work on site; in a group or independently, using m
- "In The Absence Of Justice" Short Film, 2020“It sounds so cynical, but I think we live in a state of an absence of justice.” In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, spoken word poet Justina Kehinde (alumna of the Royal Court Writers’ Group) and director Munotida Chinyanga (credits include Ass. Dir. on Tree at the Young Vic) have created a captivating short film that focuses on absences of justice within medical, legal and religious institutions and explores how young black people in particular, might find creative and necessary wa
- "Ride Or Die Right Now" Mixtape by RARELY SLEEP & Adeeb Abdul Razakhttps://artists.landr.com/692531305978 "Ride or Die Right Now" is a sonic collaboration, a contemporary multi/cross-genre mixtape between long time collaborators and friends Munotida Chinyanga (RARELY SLEEP) and Adeeb Abdul Razak. This mixtape explores themes of friendship, relationships and collective dreaming.
- How To Enjoy [The City], Omnibus Theatre 2021State of the [art] take over Omnibus Theatre throughout August 2021 with a feast of live events in their latest campaign, How to Enjoy [The City] How to Enjoy [The City] is a series of 22 interactive events designed to restore connections and engage the community; building a better, more connected society after an isolated 18 months. Every Friday and Saturday throughout August 2021, international arts organisation state of the [art] are set to host a diverse range of interactive events stampin
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- KRL-LDN: An Audio-Visual Immersive ExperienceKRL - LDN is about the clash and cohesion of identity and culture exploring the struggles of dual identity within the British South Asian community. - Film Screenings - Interactive Art Exhibitions - Poetry Exhibitions and Presentations - Exclusive Stores selling Artist work, Merchandise My Roles: • Produced, directed and performed all aspects of a cutting edge theatre show exploring dual identity/ heritage, collaborating with talented British South Asian individuals to seek their input and enl
- GilgameshGILGAMESH is a project conceived by Simone Giustinelli and realized with the students of the BA and MA Theatre Arts courses at Middlesex University. The company is made by people coming from all over the world: Brazil, England, India, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Scotland, Slovakia, Poland, Zimbabwe. GILGAMESH debuted in Rome in June 2018 for the youth festival “Dominio Pubblico”, at the National Theatre of Rome, Teatro India. This was then followed by a 1 week run at Ravensfield Theatre, London in
- BROWNBROWN is my debut single released in August 2018. It takes the listener on a journey of British South Asian representation, backed by melodic sitars and a slow yet hard-hitting trap beat. This song starts the story of 'Yung Sultan' finding his identity through the disruption and subversion of stereotypes whilst playfully exploring everything that is South Asian in the western mainstream and dissecting being 'BROWN'. Released on all major streaming platforms. Accompanying the single was a Music
Associate LecturerMiddlesex University
London, United KingdomPart Time
Associate Lecturer on BA & MA Theatre Arts
Artistic DirectorState Of The Art
London, United KingdomFreelance
State of the [art] is an international arts organisation headed by Munotida Chinyanga. Originally set up as an artist development programme founded in 2017, set up to give underrepresented artists from ages 18 - 30, the opportunity to take work to European venues and also train internationally. [state] has developed and now focuses facilitating interactive experiences for the members of the public who do not usually engage with the creativity and culture sector, and offering non-conventional approaches on contemporary performance practice to audiences who do. This includes but is not limited to theatre performances, live events, masterclass/workshops and European artist development projects. We have worked under Creative Europe Funding and ERASMUS; producing shows, projects, masterclasses and workshops at The National Theatre of Rome and The National Institute of Ancient Drama, Sicily, and the Academy of Arts, Novi Sad. As well as producing work for the Republic of China YIYUAN TANG Museum with the British Council. We are also Associate Artists/Company at CSM: UAL for BA Performance, Middlesex University for Theatre Arts, and Rose Bruford for European Theatre Arts.
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MA Theatre Arts (Distinction)Middlesex University
- London, United Kingdom
MA in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University focusing on Multidisciplinary practices, Sonic Art and International Collaboration. Her practice focusing on experimenting with ways to empower audiences to become active spectators and contribute to creative processes. Munotida facilitates Europe-wide connections between countries, disciplines and artists, investigating how theatre/ performance and sonic art can facilitate the bringing together of a community. Working on ways we can mediate dialogue that is cross cultural creating both sonic and performative experiences for audiences.
Jerwood Live Work FundJerwood ArtsThis new fund, worth £660k, is supporting 33 exceptional individuals over 12 months with awards of £20,000 to adapt their approach to making and sharing live work. The awarded artists, creatives and producers have no more than ten years’ experience, are based across the UK, and their practices pre-Covid-19 focused and relied on live performance. The 33 awardees have artistic practices based in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and performance as well as those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.