Taiwo Afolabi presented Decolonizing Dramaturgy: Dramaturgy and dramaturgical processes from Egypt, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 5 p.m. WAT (Lagos, UTC +1) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 SAST (Johannesburg, UTC +2) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 19:00 EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).
This episode engages a director, playwright, and dramaturge on dramaturgical processes. The trio explore questions on dramaturgy from a place-based perspective. How is dramaturgy conceptualized and practiced in Egypt, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe? What are the dramaturgical processes from these countries? What cultural forms, traditions, and practices shape the dramaturgical processes?
About the Series
A five-episode series featuring award-winning playwrights, dramaturges, and directors from Africa on conversations around dramaturgical processes. The series engages theatremakers on questions about what it means to be in process with each other? The series will unsettle centers of powers and capture unconventional narratives, experiences, and realities. The ultimate goal is to disrupt the single-story narrative of Africa theatre practice as substandard and constantly borrowing from the West. Each episode invites a playwright, dramaturge, and director to speak on a specific topic related to their creative and dramaturgical processes. For accessibility, French language translation is available for some series and American Sign Language interpretation for all series.
Adham Hafez, (Egypt)
Theorist, artist, and curator, Adham Hafez writes on contemporary art history outside of western paradigms, on choreographic systems, climate change, and postcolonial legacies. As an artist, he works with installation, choreography, and sound. Currently a PhD candidate at New York University’s Performance Studies Department, Adham Hafez holds a master's degree in political science and experimental arts from SciencePo Paris, where he was mentored by renowned thinker Bruno Latour. Additionally, he also holds a second master’s degree in choreography from Amsterdam University of the Arts, and a third master’s degree in philosophy from New York University. Fifteen years ago, Adham Hafez founded Egypt’s first performance studies and choreography research platform, named HaRaKa (movement, in Arabic), and together with his colleagues they produce publications, pedagogic programs, international conferences, as well as create works on the lines of visual practices, installation and choreography. He publishes in Arabic, English, and French, and is currently part of the editorial collective of Cairography Publication (Brussels) and Natya Publication (Montreal), and a Global Fellow of the Middle East Studies Academy. His latest research looked at the history of the Suez Canal through the lens of the anthropocene, and currently he is writing on apocalyptic representations, pathogens, and nonhuman agents in Middle East politics and arts.
Wole Oguntokun, (Nigeria)
Wole Oguntokun is a playwright and artistic director of Renegade Theatre and Theatre Planet Studios Ltd. He was a global fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in 2015, 2016, and 2018. He has directed plays at the Cross Currents Festival in Washington DC, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Shakespeare Olympiad at the Globe in London, the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, the Lagos Black Heritage Festival, and numerous festivals in Nigeria. He was moderator at the award of the Europe Theatre Special Prize to the Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, in Rome, artistic consultant to the Directors’ Projects at the Shaw Theatre Festival, Ontario, Canada in 2018 and was a resident International guest artist at the Svalegangen Theatre in Arhus, Denmark in the same year. He was the consultant to the National Theatre of London in its production of Wole Soyinka’s “Death and The King’s Horseman”. He is the coordinator of the Guild of Theatre Directors, Nigeria.
Lloyd Nyikadzino, (Zimbabwe)
Lloyd Nyikadzino is a multi-award-winning theatre professional; serving as school director for the Zimbabwe Theatre Academy, founding artistic director for the Mitambo International Theatre Festival, and national coordinator for the Zimbabwe Centre of the International Theatre Institute. Lloyd is a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the University of Zimbabwe. He continues to work extensively as an educator, director, arts manager, performer, and arts consultant, locally and internationally. Lloyd is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts-USA, Theatertreffen fellow – Germany, Magnet Theatre –South Africa and The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University-USA and culture expert, Zimbabwe German Society Board of Directors.