Obi Mbu (The Primordial House): An Igbo Creation Myth (2021) is a 30 minute dance film that is centered in the Primordial House, located in the Sirius star system, from which creation emerges. Eke-Nnechukwu, the Igbo high god, and Chukwu, her masculine counterpart, exist in perfect unity in and as the Blackness of space. Although they are dual aspects of the Primordial Androgynous deity, Chukwu sections off a part of space exclusively for himself in the form of a sacred pillared chamber in the heart of the Primordial House. He engages in a secret work by dancing in and out of this chamber, which sets off a chain of irrevocable circumstances that lead to our current world and condition. 

Directors: Mikael Owunna & Marques Redd 

Movement Director: Ursula Payne 

Chukwu: Corey Bourbonniere 

Eke-Nnechukwu: Victoria Watford 

Sound Design: Herman Pearl / soy s0s 

Movement Consultant: Marquita Sams

Production Assistant: Isabelle Analo


Upcoming Screenings

NYC: ClampArt, Sept 17 - Oct 30, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 17, 6-8pm

LA: Iris Project, Nov 6 - Dec 19, 2021

Screenings with Artist Talks:

Saturday, Nov 6: 3PM

Saturday, Nov 20: 3PM

Saturday, Dec 11: 3PM

Raleigh: CAM Raleigh, Nov 14, 2021

Sunday, Nov 14, 5-8pm


The filming of "Obi Mbu (The Primordial House)" was made possible with the support of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grants Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

Copyright 2021 Mikael Owunna Studios, LLC. All rights reserved.

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