Grant Recipient Details

Oakland, CA
Project Title
Obi gbawara m//My Heart Shattered or What happens after I die?
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Created and directed by Nkeiruka Oruche, Obi gbawara’m//My Heart Shattered or What happens after I die? (OGB) is a dance-theater and cultural documentation project reactivating practices and artifacts rooted in Igbo tradition, as a point of departure for examining grief as memory and belonging. OGB uses Pan Afro-Urban dance, the now obscure and rapidly disappearing Ọdịnanị and Ọmenala, live and recorded music and soundscapes, ceremony, township theater-style storytelling, and short-film to restore heartbreak and grief rituals as a pathway for individual and collective liberation.

This piece includes indoor and outdoor components and can be modified for specific sites and locations.

Nkeiruka Oruche + Gbedu Town Radio create on the land of the Ohlone, Muwekma, and Chochenyo Peoples.

Estimated Artist Fee: $7,500-$35,000/performance, $8,750-$57,500/week, or $3,500 - $15,000/virtual.

Presenter Partners

  • AfriRock (Houston, TX)
  • Dance Mission (San Francisco, CA)
  • Lil Soso Productions (Washington, DC)

Tour Coordinator

Trina Fields
Administrative Manager
Afro Urban Society
Tel. (415) 320-6534

NDP Presentation Grant

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Work Samples


In a dark space, twelve Black folks pose, blank faced.
"What Had Happened Was..." | photo by Robbie Sweeney
A Black girl plays the drums and sings. Behind her six more folks sing, dance, and play music in red and blue uniforms.
"What Had Happened Was... " | photo by Robbie Sweeney
A young Black girls breaks through a crowd of folks in red and blue uniforms dancing.
"What Had Happened Was..." | photo by Robbie Sweeney