) is a writer, playwright and performer based in Abidjan
, Ivory Coast
. She established the Ki-Yi Mbock
theatre troupe in 1980 and founded the Ki-Yi
village in 1985 for the artistic education of young people.
Performances by Ki-Yi Mbock include music and ritual, often using marionettes. This is consistent with Werewere Liking's pan-African aesthetic, lyrical language and reinvention of ritual, and her use of avant-garde techniques. Her novel Elle sera de jaspe et de corail is a song-novel recounted by a misovire (a post-gender being) in writing a journal on nine themes.
She received a Prince Claus Award in 2000 for her outstanding and successful contributions to culture and society, and the Noma Award in 2005 for her book La mémoire amputée.
Her many books and plays include:
- La mémoire amputée, Nouvelles Editions Ivoiriennes (2004), ISBN 2844872360
- Elle sera de jaspe et de corail, Editions L'Harmattan (1983), ISBN 2858023298 - trans. Marjolijn De Jager, It shall be of jasper and coral; and, Love-across-a-hundred-lives (two novels), University Press of Virginia (2000), ISBN 0813919428
- La puissance de Um (1979) and Une nouvelle terre (1980) - trans. Jeanne Dingome, African Ritual Theatre: The Power of Um and a New Earth, International Scholars Pubs. (1997), ISBN 1573090662
- Simon Gikandi, Encyclopedia of African Literature, Routledge (2002), ISBN 0415230195 - pp.288-9
- Katheryn Wright, Extending generic boundaries: Werewere Liking's L'amour-cent-vies, in Research in African Literatures, June 2002 accessed at March 5, 2007
- Don Rubin, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Africa, Routledge (2000), ISBN 0415227461
- Nicki Hitchcott, Women Writers in Francophone Africa, Berg Publishers (2000), ISBN 1859733468 - focuses on Mariama Bâ, Aminata Sow Fall, Werewere Liking and Calixthe Beyala: see publisher's details
- Peter Hawkins, Werewere Liking at the Villa Ki-Yi, in African Affairs, Vol.90, No.359 (Apr. 1991), pp. 207-222 - accessed at March 1, 2007