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Conversations on Theatre: "Writing, mise-en-scène, public"

23.05.2024, 7pm CEST
Kulturhaus Neuneinhalb

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence invites the interested public to a discussion on theatre entitled

"Writing, mise en scène, public"

on the 23rd May 2024 7 pm at Kulturhaus Neuneinhalb, Bayreuth

The event will be held in English, admission is free of charge.

Discussants are Mauritian artist Umar Timol and Dr. Pingdewindé Issiaka Tiendrebeogo.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Laude Ngadi, University of Bayreuth.

Dr. Pingdewindé Issiaka Tiendrebeogo is a Dramaturge-Metteur en scène, Enseignant-chercheur en études théâtrales, Directeur exécutif de l’Association Culturelle Sylvie CHALAYE at the Université Joseph KI-ZERBO-Ouagadougou (BURKINA FASO)

Dr Pingdewindé Issiaka TIENDRÉBÉOGO is a lecturer and researcher in theatre studies at the Joseph KI-ZERBO University in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is a member of the Languages, Discourses and Artistic Practices Laboratory (LADIPA) at the same university. He is also an associate researcher at the Laboratoire Scènes Francophones et Écritures de l'Altérité (SeFeA) at the Institut de Recherche en Études Théâtrales (IRET) at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 in FRANCE. Dr TIENDREBEOGO is the author of some twenty published scientific articles and a play entitled Les barrières de l'intolérance (Mercury Editions), published in Burkina Faso in January 2022.

He has also made a documentary film, which can be viewed at the following link: http://iret.fr/fr/le-laboratoire-scenes-francophones-et-ecritures-de-lalterite-sefea/

Dr TIENDREBEOGO is the Executive Director of the Association Culturelle Sylvie Chalaye based in based in Burkina Faso. His areas of research are: aesthetics of reception, theatrical anthropology, new dramaturgies and the issue of national languages in theatre, especially in social intervention theatre. In addition to cultural issues, decoloniality and diasporic
diasporic dramaturgy.

Umar Timol is a Mauritian poet, writer, and photographer. He has published four collections of poetry, two novels, and various articles in national and international journals. He has contributed to numerous collective anthologies in Mauritius and beyond. His voice is regularly featured in the local media, where he provides opinion pieces on current societal issues. Additionally, his opinion pieces have been published in international newspapers and magazines such as Jeune Afrique, Africa Report, Mediapart, and L’Humanite.

He primarily writes in French and Creole, with a selection of his work translated into English, Spanish, Dutch, Romanian, Arabic, and German. Notably, he authored a text for an African comic book, "Les yeux des autres," published in 2010 in the anthology "Visions of Africa" (L'Harmattan), which received an award.

As a founding member of Point barre, a Mauritian cross-disciplinary poetry journal that publishes poets from around the world, he has made significant contributions to the literary scene. He received a grant from the Centre National du Livre (CNL) for a writer’s residency at the Festival des Francophonies in Limoges in 2011 to work on his novel "Le monstre." Active on the international poetry scene, he attended prestigious poetry festivals such as the Medellin World Poetry Festival, Rotterdam Poetry Festival, and the Trois-Rivieres Poetry Festival.

In 2018, he participated in the International Writing Programme (IWP) at the University of Iowa. During his stay in the USA, he gave a talk about his writings and portrait photography in the French department at Yale University.

His play, "Le journal d’une vieille folle," was performed in 2018 at the Caudan Arts Centre, while his photographic portraits of Mauritian writers were exhibited in April 2019 at the Blue Penny Museum in Mauritius. In 2022, his play, "La conversation," directed by Gaston Valayden, was performed. Additionally, his coffee table book of photographic portraits in black and white, "Graces," was published in the same year by the publishing house L’Atelier d’Écriture, featuring a foreword by Ananda Devi.

His diverse creative endeavors continued in 2022 with the direction of a play he wrote in Mauritian Creole, titled "Nou l'idéal," addressing the issue of political engagement. Currently, he is immersed in various photographic projects, including "Muslim Faces: Breaking the Stereotypes," an initiative aimed at deconstructing stereotypes about Muslims.

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