ReTAGS Cape Town Conference 2023
Tue Nov 28, 10:00 - Wed Nov 29, 17:00
Baxter Theatre Complex, Studio Rehearsal Room, Main Road, Rondebosch
As the five-year research project 'Re-imagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South' concludes, we invite you to join the project-culminating symposium. Two days of discussions and showcases of creative and critical work produced over the five years research project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
28-29 November 2023. Baxter Theatre, Cape Town.
Discussions will be focussed on the themes of Art, Activism, Archival and Academic enquiries, and will feature the work of:
- Mark Fleishman
- Mandla Mbothwe
- Neo Muyanga
- Purav Goswami
- Lesego Chauke
- Jayne Batzofin
- Carla Lever
Conference day rates are R160, including refreshments.
Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South considers the concept of tragedy from the beginning of theatre in its European manifestation, and reimagines it from an African perspective. The aim of this five-year project was to inspect tragic themes and create new theatrical works that integrate ideas about tragedy and the tragic from an African perspective specifically, while extending into the global South. The ReTAGS project incorporates archival research on performances and adaptations of Greek tragedies on the continent since the end of the colonial period, explores the idea of ‘the tragic’ outside of theatrical spaces as part of everyday life in the postcolony, and experiments with the making of ‘new’ tragedies as a means of understanding the impact of tragedy as a theatrical form and as a conceptual mode in Africa today.