II International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
2 - 8 March, 2001, Kiel / Germany


Ignace Alomo -Ivory Coast

Refusé par la mort is a testimony to the contemporary African reality. Sylvain Gbaka Kouyo’s stage adaptation of a book by Yolande Mulcagasana, a witness of the war in Rwanda, makes use of the tradition of a wandering storyteller. Ignace Alomo plays the storyteller as well as several other figures that appear in his narrative. The chief person in the story is Joseph, a hospital orderly in a fictitious country whom his friends and patients call "the doctor". As the cruel tribal war breaks out, the murderers are trying to find Joseph and make him join them. Joseph manages to flee, but all members of this family are being slaughtered by the troops sent to fetch him.

The play does not attempt to be pathetic in order to wake emotions. The message it conveys is the necessity of defying hatred and prejudice in order to prevent violent conflicts and wars.

65 minutes; in French

Thursday, March 8 /Die Pumpe/ 20:00