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New Trends in the Theatre of the Ivory Coast (1972–83)

  • Barthélémy Kotchy (a1)


Since 1970, the young generation of dramatists in the Ivory Coast has questioned the approach to the theatre represented by the tradition of the Ecole William Ponty and even by the new writing of Bernard Dadié, with his Monsieur Thôgô-gnini and, especially, Béatrice du Congo. Following Aimé Césaire's example, Dadié began writing political plays after 1966, but did, at the same time, incorporate some features of the traditional theatre. The founders of La Griotique, discussed below, thought these reforms too timid and were determined to break completely with the old style. This was the starting point for the new trends we shall be examining in this article.



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1. Interview, Fraternité-Matin, 4 mai 1982.

2. Ivoire-Dimanche, no. 447, 22 septembre 1979.

3. Based on an interview with Sidiky Bakaba on 22 May 1980 in Paris.

4. ‘Jean-Marie Serreau et le théâtre de l'image’, Afrique artistique et littéraire, no. 7, pp. 6771.

New Trends in the Theatre of the Ivory Coast (1972–83)

  • Barthélémy Kotchy (a1)


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