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Title:Slouching towards Bethlehem: Ubu and the Truth Commission
Author:Marx, LesleyISNI
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:offences against human rights
commissions of inquiry
Architecture and the Arts
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020189808707896
Abstract:This essay is a detailed analysis of 'Ubu and the Truth Commission (1998)', a 'total theatre' production by Jane Taylor and William Kentridge inspired by the Ubu plays of the French surrealist playwright Alfred Jarry and providing a re-presentation of and commentary upon the hearings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The parodic Macbeth-type King Ubu is now seen as a perpetrator of apartheid violence. The dual relationship activates a tension between the genre of farce and the moral world of tragedy and spiritual renewal. In the very commodification of the stories of the Truth Commission might lie, paradoxically, the most trenchant reminder of the danger of forgetting. Bibliogr.