Many Colours of an African Performative Ritual

Adeyemi, Sola. 2017. Many Colours of an African Performative Ritual. Alarinjo: Oye Journal of Theatre and Media Arts, 1(2), pp. 16-30. ISSN 2636-7238 [Article]

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Egungun is a unifying force in Imesi-Ile, a Yoruba community in Nigeria. Unlike other masquerade festivals, especially among the Yoruba people, the celebration of this festival in Imesi-Ile is a unique performance that combines all the elements of theatre on various levels of adoption and appreciation, culminating in an aesthetically satisfying presentation that involves all the people, from the town’s royalty to visitors. This essay highlights the performative rituals of the festival, with specific focus on the biennial Ladunwo performance. The aim is to highlight the masquerade origin of modern Yoruba theatre and the importance of the audience-performer relationship that underpins traditional performances.

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)
Theatre and Performance (TAP) > The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing (PCPCW)



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08 Dec 2020 12:13

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11 Jun 2021 13:41

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