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Dance of the Forests, A

By Wole Soyinka

Year staged: 1960

Cast Size: Unknown


A Dance of the Forests presents a complex interplay between gods, mortals, and the dead in which the ideal goal is the experience of self-discovery within the context of West African spiritualism. The living have invited two glorious forefathers to take part in a feast and celebration—the “Gathering of the Tribes.” A critique of African politics and which espouses a unique vision for a new Africa, one that is able to forge a new identity free from the influence of European imperialism.

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Dance of the Forests, A

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Year published: 2014

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