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Open Access 13. Multicultural Encounters on Stage: The Use of Javanese Cultural Elements by the Surinamese Doe-Theatre Company

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13. Multicultural Encounters on Stage: The Use of Javanese Cultural Elements by the Surinamese Doe-Theatre Company

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The combination of a relatively large Javanese community in Suriname that preserved (aspects of) traditional Javanese culture on the one hand, and the emergence of a theatre company that aimed to be multicultural Surinamese on the other, are the two elements that link this chapter to this book's theme of Dutch-Indonesian musical encounters. Music was a means to include the diverse cultural traditions of different ethnicities into the company's new form of Surinamese national theatre. The chapter explores the way in which the Doe-theatre's aim of being multicultural Surinamese was put to practice. Libi span ini na ati foe Sranan was the first play produced by Doelwijt and Tjon after founding the Doetheatre company in 1974. Libi span paid homage to Suriname's cultural diversity. The concept of Anansi kontra is based on the Creole oral tradition of the Anansitori, the stories about the cunning spider Anansi.

Keywords: Anansi kontra; Doe-theatre company; Javanese community; multicultural Surinamese

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