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Dramaturgie / jazz. Le théâtre de Suzan-Lori Parks ˸ poétique et expérience créatrice

Abstract : This dissertation in Theatre Studies aims to theorize the tension between “drama / jazz” through the works of African American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Born in 1963, Suzan- Lori Parks is as famous in the United States as she is little known in France. Informed by the memory of slavery and the African slave trade, her theatre dis(re)members History to reverse the dominant discourse, make a new story and provide reparation to the living and the dead. By approaching her writing through jazz, we take into account the “double consciousness” that is constitutive of her poetics, and the anthropological, historical and political issues it raises. In her theatre, jazz is not only a form of music, but also a way of looking at the world, a cluster of poetic conduits and an organic presence that sets the writing in motion from within. From this paradoxical presence/absence what emerges is not a model but instead a group of converging lines of flight. Liquidity and fugitivity appear to be key jazz-shaped elements of a poetics of mutability. This poetics is linked to the creative experience of the playwright, which in turn gives birth to a creative experience for the spectator during performance. In short, the task is to understand the ways jazz affects theatre to the point of producing a new kind of theatre.
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Raphaëlle Tchamitchian. Dramaturgie / jazz. Le théâtre de Suzan-Lori Parks ˸ poétique et expérience créatrice. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris III, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019PA030038⟩. ⟨tel-02865375⟩

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