Thanks to the Art Moves Africa program, I was able to participate in the 50th Annual Conference of FIRT organised this year by the University of Stellenbosch between 10 and 14 July. My presentation entitled “Fields of Silence in Moroccan Performance Studies Emerging Sites of Hybridity” focussed mainly on the transpossition of indigenous performance genres such as al-halqa and l-bsat in Moroccan postcolonial theatre since the 1960s. The implication of such negotiation is the production of a third theatrical space that is liminal and hybrid through and through. This presentation was subject to debate in South Africa about the prospects of an Arabo-Islamic theatre.
Another main achievement in South Africa is the implementation of the Arabic Theatre Working Group in FIRT for the first time in 50 years. Thanks to AMA I am now one of the convenors of the group. This group seeks to broaden our understanding of the hitherto relatively neglected theatre and performance traditions of the Arab and Islamic world. […]
My participation was extremely fruitful on both the personal and professional levels, as I was the first Moroccan to present Moroccan theatre in such an international gathering of over 600 participants from all corners of the world.”
Grant Year : 2007
Profile : Researcher
Gender : M
To present a paper titled « Fields of Silence in Moroccan Performance Studies : Emerging Sites of Hybridity » at the Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) hosted by the University of Stellenbosch.
Type of Project
Conference / meeting / symposium
Departure : Tanger, Morocco
Destination : Stellenbosch, South Africa