met with Jane Taylor, January 1998, in Cape Town, South Africa. It was another
hot day at the Cape. Having made a lunch date with Jane earlier in the week, we
were pleasantly delighted when we arrived at the restaurant. Midway from the ocean
to the base of Table Mountain, the cafe offered indoors and outdoor seating on
its pleasant perch on the hillside.
and I spent more than two hours with Jane discussing art in South Africa, her
background, other artists and life in general . . .
Recently Jane Taylor has been working with contemporary South African culture
and its processes. In 1996 Jane Taylor initiated a series of cultural responses
to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These events, collectively called
"Fault Lines", included an art exhibition at the Cape Town castle; a
series of readings by writers from Chile, Israel, Portugal, Germany, Sudan, Zimbabwe,
Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic; an academic conference; a workshop for
journalists covering the Truth Commission; radio shows.
1997 her first play (script) , "Ubu and the Truth Commission,"
directed by William Kentridge, was performed by the Handspring Puppet Company.
production having been performed throughout Europe last year will open in New
York City this September.