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New Territories

Theatre, Drama, and Performance in Post-apartheid South Africa


Edited By Greg Homann and Marc Maufort

South African theatre, drama, and performance is a vibrant and rapidly developing area of contemporary theatre studies. In this critical anthology of essays and interviews, some of the world’s most respected scholars and practitioners writing and working in the area of South African theatre today share their detailed examinations and insights on the complex and contradictory context of post-apartheid society. Loosely grouped into the categories of Theatre, Drama, and Performance, the essays collected here offer a sampling of work being staged, produced, and written in the country today. The contributors document, contrast, and analyse significant case studies, representing examples from site-specific performance to new South African plays, from traditional indigenous performance practice to the reimagining of Western classics. The anthology takes the year of South Africa’s first democratic election, 1994, as its departure point and includes a broad range of topics that capture the current paradigm.
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The production of this book was made possible through a number of dedicated individuals, whom the editors would wish to warmly thank at the outset. Audrey Louckx, the series’ editorial assistant, efficiently helped with house style harmonizing, and meticulously compiled the index. Alice de Patoul, P.I.E. Peter Lang’s production officer, competently steered this project towards its completion. The editors owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Emilie Menz, P.I.E.Peter Lang’s Senior Editor, for her continuing involvement in the “Dramaturgies” series, in which she welcomed publication of this volume. Editing this book was facilitated by the financial assistance of Belgian and South African academic institutions. Greg Homann would like to acknowledge the support he received from AFDA, which generously contributed to a visit to Brussels for an extended editorial meeting. Marc Maufort would wish to thank the National Fund for Scientific Research-Belgium (FRS-FNRS) for a 2012 travel grant, enabling him to conduct research on South African drama at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. ← 9 | 10 →

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