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Dancing with Empty Water Bottles at L’ Afrique a un incroyable talent, Brought to You by Nestlé

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Kohl, Marie-Anne:
Dancing with Empty Water Bottles at L’ Afrique a un incroyable talent, Brought to You by Nestlé.
In: Matatu : Journal for African Culture and Society. Vol. 51 (2020) Issue 1 . - pp. 169-192.
ISSN 1875-7421

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Departing from a close reading of a particular performance to examplify localisation processes of the global Reality TV talent show format, this paper offers an analysis of the relationship between talent shows and patronage. Based on a concrete music and dance performance analysis, it further contributes to the more general discussion of transnational format trade and format adaptation by putting a focus on the entanglement of patronage, intervention and transformation. The analysis of the performance in question addresses how the musicians and dancers approached a concrete problem by creating a sense of belonging, involvement and disorientation through aesthetic means. With their critical stance, they position themselves in a specific local performing arts tradition, which itself is connected to earlier theatre and TV talent contests. Referring to the concept of glocalisation, I suggest that local topics of critique and intervention are part of the localising effect of the Reality TV talent show format.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: African talent shows; L’ Afrique a un incroyable talent; Mbalax; Glocalisation; Critical Performance; Nestlé; Commodification of Art; Water Problem; Senegalese Dance
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair Theatre Studies with a focus on Music Theatre
Research Institutions > Research Units > Research Institute for Music Theater Studies - FIMT
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Units
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation > 700 Arts
700 Arts and recreation > 780 Music
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 07:57
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:30