Routledge Handbook of African Theatre and Performance (Routledge International Handbooks) (Hardcover)

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Routledge Handbook of African Theatre and Performance (Routledge International Handbooks) (Hardcover)

By Kene Igweonu (Editor)


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The Routledge Handbook of African Theatre and Performance brings together the very latest international research on the performing arts across the continent and the diaspora into one expansive and wide-ranging collection.

The book offers readers a compelling journey through the different ideas, people and practices that have shaped African theatre and performance, from pre-colonial and colonial times, right through to the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Resolutely Pan-African and international in its coverage, the book draws on the expertise of a wide range of Africanist scholars and also showcases the voices of performers and theatre practitioners working on the cutting-edge of African theatre and performance practice. Contributors aim to answer some of the big questions about the content (nature, form) and context (processes, practice) of theatre, whilst also painting a pluralistic and complex picture of the diversity of cultural, political and artistic exigencies across the continent. Covering a broad range of themes including postcolonialism, transnationalism, interculturalism, Afropolitanism, development and the diaspora, the handbook concludes by projecting possible future directions for African theatre and performance as we continue to advance into the twenty-first century and beyond.

This ground-breaking new handbook will be essential reading for students and researchers studying theatre and performance practices across Africa and the diaspora.

Kene Igweonu is Professor of Creative Education at University of the Arts London, where he is also Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Communication. An interdisciplinary researcher, Professor Igweonu has extensive experience of senior academic leadership in immersive and interactive practices and performance practice. His practice research, and publication interests are in storytelling, theatre and performance in Africa and its Diaspora, as well as the Feldenkrais Method in health, wellbeing, and performance training. A champion for arts and creative industries, Professor Igweonu is Chair of DramaHE, Council Member for Creative UK, and until August 2023, President of the African Theatre Association.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032008400
ISBN-10: 1032008407
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 30th, 2024
Pages: 470
Language: English
Series: Routledge International Handbooks