Black History Month offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the considerable contributions from different black diasporas to world culture. With this in mind, the Théâtre français de Toronto and the Consulate General of France in Toronto have chosen to offer four short videos featuring artists from indigenous or Afro-descendant communities throughout the month of February.
Whether at the local, provincial, national or international level, these authors have created works that stand out for their finesse, strength and acuity..
This is surely why it has become difficult to speak of only one unitary literature, one unitary poesy or even one unitary “black” theatre. This conception of art, as unifying as it may be, cannot conceal the fact that today, there are as many approaches and forms as there are black creators who draw on their origins or their identity.
We want to invite you to discover – or re-discover – writers who may be well-known in their homelands but who certainly deserve greater recognition elsewhere: Djennie Laguerre (Canada, Haiti), Suzy Ronel (Guadeloupe), Simané Wenethem (New Caledonia) and Berekyah Yergeau (Canada, Guyana).
Subscribe to Théâtre Français Newsletter to receive one video per week throughout the month of February. Each video last between 7 and 10 minutes, English and French subtitles are available.
Week 1, Suzy Ronel (Guadeloupe) :
Week 2, Simané Wenethem (New Caledonia) :