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Aimé Césaire

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1913–2008)

Poet, dramatist, and politician born on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. With Léon Damas (1912–78) and Léopold Sédar Senghor, whom he met in Paris in the...

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amateur theatre

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances...

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Cairo

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(Arab., al-Qāhira, ‘the victorious’, but also from al-Qāhir, Mars, the city of Mars).

Capital city of the Fāṭimids, established by al-Muʿizz in 969 (ah 358). It was originally...

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Cape Town

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Theatre in this South African city begins conventionally with French comedy performed in the Barracks Theatre by officers lodged with the Dutch in the 1780s, rather than the religious...

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carnival

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

A period of public revelry at a regular time each year, as during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade....

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didactic theatre

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While most theatre contains aspects that can be considered educational, didactic theatre places a discernible emphasis on instruction. In common with political and therapeutic theatre, of...

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Douta Seck

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1919–91)

Senegalese actor and singer, born in Mali, educated in Senegal at the École William Ponty. In Paris he studied architecture from 1946, but abandoned it for training as a...

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Earl Warner

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1952–98)

Barbadian director and actor. In 1977 the formerly conservative Green Room Players produced the first African play in Barbados, Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's...

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École William Ponty

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

College founded in 1903 in Senegal, designed to train an elite cadre of colonial subjects for service in teaching and administration for what was then known as the Federation of ...

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Émile Jaques-Dalcroze

Overview page. Subjects: Dance.

(b Vienna, 6 Jul. 1865; d Geneva, 1 Jul. 1950)

Swiss music teacher and theoretician. He was responsible for developing a system of training music students to understand rhythm by...

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