EOAN Group documents in care of DOMUS Print E-mail

The current EOAN Board has entrusted a comprehensive collection of documents relating to the history of the EOAN Group to DOMUS for conservation, cataloguing and research. The agreement was signed on 28 January 2008 in Stellenbosch by the acting Head of Department of the Department of Music and Vice-Dean (Arts), Prof. Sandra Klopper, and Mr. Sjafiek Rajab on behalf of EOAN and was collected and transported from the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone to DOMUS in Stellenbosch by a team of students and DOMUS staff on 23 February 2008.

The collection is one of the most substantial in DOMUS, and one of the most important. It contains programmes, letters, minutes, administrative documents, photographs and newspaper cuttings. The material charts the largely undocumented history of the EOAN Group, a cultural organisation dedicated to the performance of opera, ballet and drama (amongst others) among the so-called ‘Coloured’ community of the Western Cape. The effects of apartheid legislation on art music production in South Africa are often only indirectly referenced in music historiography of the period. This is because most official art music production flourished in an institutional environment supported and funded by a sympathetic white minority government. The EOAN documents provide a powerful counter-narrative that speaks about suffering, courage, achievement in the face of adversity and a musical community torn apart by apartheid politics.

DOMUS is launching an aural history book project to record the memories and impressions of all those involved with EOAN in the eight decades since its inception. Stellenbosch University doctoral student and researcher in the history of opera in South Africa, Hilde Roos, is co-ordinating the project that is expected to last over the next three years. People interested in participating in this process are invited to contact Hilde at 083-660 1006 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hilde Roos

March 2008


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