France, Switzerland, Benin and the DRC have gathered in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital for the 16th edition of the festival, “Mantsina on stage’ ‘.
And the scene was rather there. What’s more, in a working-class neighborhood. The theme of the edition may be authentic. “The theme of this year is the dynamism of a young person. We wanted to focus on youth, somewhat disoriented youth. She doesn’t know what to do, where to go. Instead of going to drinking places, we want young people to be interested in art, « said Sylvie Dyclo-Pomos, director of the Festival Mantsina on stage.
A youth who were offered representations on generation conflicts, forced marriages and others. And the theater has met its rather cosmopolitan audience well.
To do theater in Africa, you have to box the situation
“The audience is different. The audience is closer to the actor who plays. Even with the conditions that are there, we’re very close, like we’re at home and then we talked to each other, « said artist Jef Biyeri.
Perfect communion. But it remains to be seen whether the genre has a bright future as there are many obstacles in its path. For the director of the festival, only the struggle liberates: “As Sony Lab’ou or Tansi said, to make theater in Africa, the situation has to be boxed. So we box the situation all the time. There is the lack of subsidies from the public authorities. So all the time it’s boxing and we get there. ”
It will still be necessary to have suitable gloves. See you next year.