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Title:The artist as educator: the oeuvre of Jean-Pierre Guingané
Authors:Bühler-Dietrich, AnnetteISNI
Mandé, Hamadou
Year:2011
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Volume:5
Issue:2
Pages:78-94
Language:English
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Subjects:drama
writers
theatre
About person:Jean-Pierre GuinganéISNI
Abstract:Jean-Pierre Guingané (1947-2011) is considered as the doyen of theatre in Burkina Faso. Not only was he a reputed theatre scholar, he also was a renowned playwright and actor, and he had his own theatre group, Le Théâtre de la Fraternité. This article examines Guingané's oeuvre and his importance for Burkinabe theatre in general. It discusses his plays written since the 1980s, focusing on his creation of a specific form of theatre, called debate theatre. Debate theatre aims at achieving behavioural change in a specific social group with regard to a specific problem. It is an interactive form of theatre in which the audience takes part in the performance. The article explains how a debate theatre production is realized and examines the role of Joé the artist, an emblematic character in Guingané's debate-theatre plays. He goes on to describe the aesthetics of Guingané's debate theatre, arguing that the artist as educator raised the aesthetic sensibility as well as the social and political awareness of his audience. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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