Oct 052016
 

Nous avons été informés par Noel McDonald qu’un nouveau cours de dramaturgie aura lieu en Afrique du Sud. Il s’agit d’enseigner aux nouveaux auteurs la façon de structurer une pièce de 10 minutes et ensuite de la ramener chez eux, au sein de leur troupe pour la travailler sous forme d’ateliers. Continue reading »

Apr 152012
 

Le passé de l’Afrique enferme les échanges en fonction de l’ancien colonisateur. Ainsi donc le deux langues de référence sont l’anglais et le français, mais dans de nombreux pays les populations se mélangent surtout dans le domaine artistique.

Il pourrait être intéressant pour des personnes parlant les deux langues de s’associer à l’initiative décrite ci-dessous et qui se développe pour le moment en Afrique du Sud, Uganda et Zimbabwe. Et pourquoi pas amplifier le mouvement en zone francophone : le mot initiative a le même sens dans les deux langues !

Richard has long been associated with AITA/IATA,principally leading workshops with Children and young people.

The International Theatre community will be that much richer if it is able to share the dynamic culture of sub- Saharan Africa.

Dance, Drumming, storytelling is as vital to the diverse tribal groups across Africa as is the daily nourishment of maize meal.

It is thus that I, along with colleagues in Uganda and Zimbabwe have launched “The Africa Initiative”. We wish to promote a more visible presence of African Dance and Drama, both across Africa itself and on the International stage, with young Africans attending workshops, symposia and Festivals.

My longstanding involvement with AITA/IATA has accorded me the privilege of working with many nations and sharing the excitement of theatre, especially that presented by children and young people. Over the past few years our appetite for the rich diversity of African theatre has been whetted by groups from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso.

We now want to experience more of these African groups. The challenge is to overcome financial and geographical constraints and to raise the profile of the excellence of African Dance and Drama.

We are determined that 2013 will see a major Festival of Young People’s Theatre, hopefully in Cape Town. Discussions are also taking place at Makere University in Kampala, Uganda.

The spark is about to ignite and the vibrant fires of African dance, drumming and storytelling will illuminate more Festivals around the world.

Richard Finch

April 2012