Wed, 11 Sep 2019 09:43 - Updated Wed, 11 Sep 2019 09:43
Specialists analyse African theatre
Luanda - The 23rd edition of the debate session about theatre, promoted by the Camões Institute, last Tuesday in the Portuguese Cultural Centre, in Luanda, analysed issues relating to divergences and convergences in African theatre.
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The project, dubbed "Há Teatro no Camões" (There’s Theatre in Camões), brought together at a roundtable several specialists who provided their opinion and information about the current state of African theatre.
The specialists Armando Rosa, Pinto Nsimba, Afonso Fernandes and Gilberto Capitango are of the opinion that African theatre is still very much entwined with Western culture, deeming such situation an acculturation of African art.
They considered, however, that there is a need to retrieve the country’s cultural asset, aiming at realignment with elements of African ancestral legacy.
Speaking to the press, art school teacher Liliana Nzinga commended the organisers of the meeting, adding that such debates help theatre makers brush up the knowledge about this art.
As regards divergences in African theatre, the specialists pointed out the language factor, since the African continent had been divided by different colonial powers that imposed their respective countries’ tongues.
On the other hand, the specialists defended that despite a notable acculturation, African theatre has particular characteristics, such as the way it touches on the continent’s ancestral aspects, the daily reality of Africans at home, the oral tradition, music and dance.
Thus, the specialists recommended wide promotion of research activities aimed at finding the essence of African theatre.
The event continues this Wednesday with the topic “Self-sustainability of Angolan theatre” as well as the staging of the play entitled “Quem sabe desta vez ele muda” (Perhaps this time he’ll change).
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