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Title:Performing transformations of identity: 'ethnic' nationalisms and syncretic theatre in post-apartheid South Africa
Author:Krueger, AntonISNI
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Geographic term:South Africa
ethnic identity
Abstract:This article explores some of the ways in which questions of identity are caught up in issues of performance. It describes the emergence of two distinct traditions in this regard - one which considers the enactment of a 'self' in terms of performance as a kind of deception; and another which considers all descriptions of identity to rely on representations of performance. It goes on to examine representations of nationalism and ethnic identity in postapartheid theatre in South Africa, and contrasts these with attempts at a syncretic theatre which avoids concretizing identity in terms of ethnicity. Finally, the article discusses the theatre as an ideal site for investigations into the cultural negotiations required in the delineation and transformation of identitites, with reference to a number of recent South African plays. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]