by: Sidiki Yougbaré
During the Deconfining Writers’ Residency that occurred from 3 to 16 February 2023 as a collaborative effort between Salzkammergut 2024 and Operndorf Afrika – Village Opera, Sidiki Yougbaré from Burkina Faso and Thiemo Strutzenberger from Austria embarked on a journey through the diverse landscapes and hidden corners of the Salzkammergut region, engaged in meaningful exchanges with the local community and engaged in extensive dialogues with one another.
Sidiki’s resulting text from this residency beautifully captures his unique reflections, thoughts, and ideas.
Sidiki Yougbaré is the artistic director of the Association Kala-Kala Théâtre and organizer of the Rencontres Internationales de Théâtre en Langues Maternelles (Les RITLAMES). He is an actor, writer, director and film actor. In 2004, he began writing his plays in the local Moore language – the language of the people, of the majority; thus he created a kind of theatre literature that was until then new in his country, Burkina Faso. As a translator, he has adapted and/or translated numerous plays, among others Sophocles’ Antigone, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Gustave Akakpo’s A Petites Pierres, M. Maeterlinck’s La Mort de Tintagilles, Aristide Tarnagda and Alexandre Kouchevsky’s Mam Gulsda Yamb Depuis Paris, Edoxi Gnoul’s Retrouvailles, Aristide Tarnagda’s Façon d’aimer, etc.
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