TITLE

'Your Experience is Your Only Truth': Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu 1939-1980

AUTHOR(S)
Kasule, Sam
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
African Performance Review;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
While focussing on post independent theatre in Uganda, scholars have neglected the role of women, concentrating most of the time on performances generated by men. Women in Ugandan popular theatre are in an exceptional position because they have to struggle for the control of a space and the power of their voice in an art form whose processes and production in the adult world is dominated by men. Many Ugandan female writers, performers and directors, work in the popular performance genre while expanding its confines or resisting the limitation that they impose. In this regard, they divert from the norm by introducing ethnic and gender themes and remarkable ethnic characters. Some use performance as a means of rewriting female experiences, while others reinvent narratives and form, for example, musical, dramas to underline the issues. This paper will examine how the post-independent theatre aesthetics of Elvania Namukwaya Zirimu domesticate, critique and subvert the impact of military or political dictatorship and customary experience in the artistic and political lives of the people. The discussion addresses the contribution of female artists which have been distorted and erased from current criticism; it also explores questions of performance aesthetics and theory, gender, and reception in the context of Uganda theatre.
ACCESSION #
82084346

 

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