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Subject/Keyword
Drama
Intercultural
Multiculturalism
Theatre
Performance
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kulkarni, Rohan
Supervisor and department
Mounsef, Donia (Drama)
Examining committee member and department
Muneroni, Stefano (Drama)
Ravi, Srilata (French)
Nicholls, Sandra (Drama)
Department
Department of Drama
Specialization

Date accepted
2016-07-11T09:23:53Z
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Canadian theatre has always been an exercise in inter-cultural negotiation, yet in the past few decades, the official multicultural legislation has provided opportunities for more artists belonging to ethnic minorities to consciously diversify our country’s theatre practice. Montreal based Indo-Canadian playwright Rahul Varma has been a leading figure in creating intracultural theatre, which seeks to question the discourse of multiculturalism. Along with his company Teesri Duniya Theatre, whose mandate is to produce socially and politically minded theatre that reflects Canada’s diversity, Varma has staged plays such as Counter Offence and Bhopal in order to create counter-discursive spaces where the audience may examine ‘benign’ forces such as multiculturalism and globalization. These two plays are situation-based dramas where various socio-political issues collide and conflict, allowing the audience to witness multiple points of view and understand the tensions, power dynamics, and inequalities inherent in negotiations between cultures.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R38G8FP30
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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