TITLE

Ogunde's Dance Choreography and the Quest for National Unity in Nigeria

AUTHOR(S)
Ugolo, Christopher E.
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
African Performance Review;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p41
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Nigeria is a culturally diverse nation-state having over two hundred and fifty ethnic groups and languages and over five hundred dialects of the main languages. As a political entity, it has been beset by ethnic agitations that have made the country constantly unstable right from independence in 1960. Hubert Ogunde was a foremost Nigerian choreographer and cultural activist who during the colonial struggle, was detained on many occasions as a result of his overtly political plays that tended to challenge British rule and the impact of western civilization and culture on Nigeria. His choreographic style, which employed syncretism and an eclectic approach to production, was aimed at integrating the diverse cultures in Nigeria in a single in a single production, in an effort at achieving cultural and political unity in the country. This paper aims to examine his choreographic style using the dance piece, Nigeria (1977), as example to identify the features in the work that made it a typical Nigerian dance theatre aimed at unifying the country.
ACCESSION #
82084348

 

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