African Theatre 17: Contemporary Dance

African Theatre 17: Contemporary Dance

Edited by Yvette Hutchison, Chukwuma Okoye


James Currey



African dance is discussed here in its global as well as local contexts as a powerful vehicle of aesthetic and cultural exchange and influence.
To date, scholars have tended, with a few exceptions, to write about African dance in primarily ethnographic terms. This collection seeks to challenge this pattern and expand dance research by engaging with the aesthetics and socio-political impact of dance for communities in and out of Africa in an increasingly global context. Contributors to this issue look at the impact that specifically situated indigenous dance forms have had on the development of new forms locally, and the reciprocal impact of local and international infrastructures, including funding bodies, tourism and festivals. African Theatre 17 examines how dance is contributing to a particularly African interculturalism, while analysing the issues of representation of Africa in a postcolonial context. Articles address the efficacy of dance to engage audiences with disavowed issues regarding gender, sexuality and dis/ability both within and beyond Africa. Highlights include a dance photo essay on F.O.D. Gang's 2017 site-specific street performance "Untitled" in Lagos, a new non-themed section, and the playscript Lunatic! by Zimbabwean playwright Thoko Zulu.

Series Editors: Yvette Hutchison, Reader, Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Warwick; Chukwuma Okoye, Reader in African Theatre & Performance University of Ibadan; Jane Plastow, Professor of African Theatre, University of Leeds.

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November 2018
20 black and white illustrations
261 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Theatre
ISBN: 9781847011879
Format: Hardback
James Currey
BISAC PER003100, LIT013000, LIT004010
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Table of Contents

Obituary: J.C. Abbey, Master Puppeteer of Ghana (Steve Feld & Nii Noi Ortey)
Introduction - Yvette Hutchison and Chukwuma Okoye
DANCE James Mweu & Kunja Dance Theatre: Contemporary dance as African cultural production - 'Funmi Adewole
Looking behind the mirror: Challenging representationalism in contemporary dance in postcolonial African contexts - Kristina Johnstone and Kristina Johnstone
Decolonizing the stage: Reflecting on a Canadian-hosted South African Performance Festival - Kymberley Feltham
Unmuting South African citizenship through integrated/ disability dance - Yvette Hutchison
From television to the streets: The rise and rise of dance-based advertising in Nigeria - Tosin Kooshima Tume
Dance photo essay: Untitled: FOD Gang's Environmental Activism - Chukwuma Okoye
OPEN SECTION Cultural production in a digital age: A reflection on the adaptation of an African folktale for a young audience - J.C. Niala
And With Them Came Devils: Ebrahim Hussein, Mashetani & the poetics of doubt - Joshua Williams
Playscript: Lunatic! by Thoko Zulu
Book Reviews edited by Sola Adeyemi

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