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Title:Postcolonial African theatre: notes towards a definition
Author:Okoye, ChukwumaISNI
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Postcolonialism has witnessed an unprecedented institutionalization in contemporary literary and cultural imagination. This article argues that, considering the Leftist or counter-hegemonic postures of postcolonial theory, postcolonial African theatre ought to privilege what is happening in Africa today and focus on marginal rather than dominant or canonical expressions. The article uses the cultural and sociopolitical perspectives of the performances of three Nigerian troupes - Ijodee Dance Centre and Crown Troupe in Lagos, and Jos Repertory Theatre - to re-define postcolonial African theatre. Postcolonial perspectives, the author argues, should be distilled from the performances of contemporary African theatre, as they reflect the legacies of European imperialism and colonialism, and the people's responses to the various heritages that inform or influence their performances. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]