The Playing Aesthetics of Ebiran Ekuechi Facekuerade Festival

Ododo, Sunday Enessi
March 2010
African Performance Review;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p12
Academic Journal
This essay examines the playing aesthetic features in Ekuechi facekuerade festival of the Ebira of Kogi State in Nigeria. The festival is interrogated from the view of participant-audience with sustained interpretation of its performance form. Defining what constitutes 'playing' within African performance sensibilities, the dynamics of Ekuechi festival and its artistic qualities as theatrical product become the key ingredients used for examining the playing aesthetics of this festival. The Essay identifies the following as playing aesthetics: the playing space, the arts of singing, dancing and dramatizing with other supernumeric actions. It concludes that these artistic elements stand out as the primary coordinating aesthetic forces of the performative design of the Ekuechi event.


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