Exchange program for theatre professionals in Ouagadougou

August 2004 -

People from the international theatre world will gather in Burkina Faso for three months to share knowledge about their craft. A multinational Richard III will also be staged.

Les Récréâtrales , Résidence d'écriture de création et de formation théâtrales panafricaines will be held for the third time between 1 August and 30 October 2004 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. An exchange program of writers, actors, producers and directors from French-speaking countries south of the Sahara and from Belgium, France and Switzerland. The program's initiator is Etienne Minoungou, director of the Companie Falinga theatre group in Burkina Faso.


photo: Eric Legrand

Les Récréâtrales focusses on developing contemporary new plays in Africa and supports promising writers. Exchanging the knowledge, experience and traditions of the participating countries is one of the program's foremost activities. Over 60 actors, directors and writers will participate in the workshops. The intention is to stage four productions, including different stagings of Shakespeare s Richard III. According to those organising Récréâtrales, Shakespeare's work has a strong influence on young African writers.

One of the productions of Richard III is to be a 'multinational' production, with fifteen actors from nine countries. This piece will be staged by Barbara Liebster from Switzerland and Ildevert Meda from Burkina Faso. Alfred Dogbe (Niger) is adapting the text. The theme of this production of Richard III is 'solidarity'.

This year Les Récréâtrales is again receiving financial support from the Prince Claus Fund.