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Self-Dramaturgy and Dramaturging Others: Dramaturge as a Nurturer
Episode Three of Decolonizing Dramaturgy: Theatremakers from Africa in Conversation
Taiwo Afolabi presented Decolonizing Dramaturgy: Self-Dramaturgy and dramaturging others: dramaturge as a nurturer livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 4 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 5 p.m. WAT (Lagos, UTC +1) / 17:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 18:00 SAST (Johannesburg, UTC +2) / 19:00 EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).
From a practical perspective, three renowned directors, playwrights, and dramaturges from Africa discuss self-dramaturgy, dramaturging others, and the notion of dramaturge as a nurturer. How do we self-dramaturge? And what are the conditions that can facilitate an effective self-dramaturgy process (in the context of independent artists) and dramaturging others (in the context of collaborating with others/ensemble)?
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.
‘Funmi Adewole, (UK/Nigeria)
‘Funmi Adewole is a senior lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University, Leicester. She started out as a media practitioner in Nigeria but went into performance on moving to England in 1994. For several years she toured with physical theatre and African dance drama companies before studying for an MA in postcolonial studies and a PhD in dance studies. She began to work as a dramaturge in 2013, mainly with professional performers, mainly choreographers working with the dance forms of Africa and the diaspora or interdisciplinary theatremakers.
Aganza Kisaka (Uganda)
Aganza Kisaka is a Ugandan award-winning actress and poet. She is a playwright whose works have been featured at the Kampala International Theatre Festival, Lagos Theatre Festival, the 10th Berlin Biennale and also on DSTV’s Pearl Magic Prime. She has produced three successful stage plays such as the Betrothal and Red Hills as well as co-produced the Kampala International Theatre Festival 2019. She has directed eight episodes of the Mama and Me TV Series and several other stage plays and dance productions. In 2021 she founded Yenze Theatre Conservatoire where performing artists practice voice, movement, and acting for stage and film. Her work is inspired by unique spaces and behavior patterns.
Jude Idada, (Nigeria/Canada)
A winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, an AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, a Goethe Institute Afrika Projekt finalist and a long-listed and short-listed nominee of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature for his plays Sankara and Oduduwa – King of the Edos, he has continually blazed a trail in the art scene. He was also a finalist in the New Directions Filmmakers of the future project by MNET in addition to being selected as one of the playwrights for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festival’s ADAPT THIS! and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation Cinema4Change projects and was an inaugural participant in the Relativity Media/AFRIFF Filmmaking project.
As a filmmaker, he has written several screenplays for various production companies spread around the world. He wrote and produced the critically acclaimed film The Tenant. He has also directed the documentary Blaze Up the Ghetto, the short films Chameleon, and The Queen of the Night, in addition to the feature film Kofa. As the artistic director of the Africa Theatre Ensemble in Toronto, Canada, Jude directed the stage plays Flood, Brixton Stories, Lost and Coma, the later which he adapted for screen and was produced in South Africa. He directed his stage play 3some as part of the fringe section of the Lagos Theatre Festival and in a public presentation at MUSON, where he had earlier directed his play Sankara. He also directed his play, L’Otor – The Devil’s Pilgrimage at the Lagos Fringe Festival.
Alongside several optioned screenplays and commissioned stage plays, he has written and published a collection of short stories A Box of Chocolates, an anthology of poetry Exotica Celestica, two stage plays Oduduwa – King of the Edos, and Sankara, the first book in a trilogy of novels, By My Own Hands, and two children’s books Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North, and Boom Boom. He has three new collections of short stories Only Crazies Are Born in April, How to be Human And Not A Colour, and I Had A Father. coming out soon. He founded the Sandra Whiteley Prize for Children’s Literature and is currently a nominated writer in the University of Iowa International Writing Program and the head judge of the Quramo Writers Prize. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria, and Toronto, Canada.