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Title: The performing body: kinesic codes in wole Soyinka’s drama
Authors: Figueiredo, Rosa
Keywords: Soyinka
Post-colonial
Drama
Body
Ritual
Dance
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Internacionais do Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
Abstract: The powerful presence of the theatricalised post-colonial body, suggests that foregrounding corporeality can be a highly positive, active strategy for staging traditional enactments such as ritual. As a culturally coded activity, dance, for example, has a number of important functions in drama: not only does it concentrate the audience's gaze on the performing body, but it also draws attention to proxemic relations between characters, spectators, and features of the set. Splitting the focus from other sorts of proxemic and kinesic codes, dance renegotiates dramatic action and dramatic activity, reinforcing the actor's corporeality, particularly when it is culturally laden. Wole Soyinka's plays, our raw material, abound in bodies and voices, in spectacle and movement and colour; in multiple settings, flashbacks and dramatic re-enactments.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/7587
ISBN: 978-989-732-364-5
Appears in Collections:CEI-CLN – Autoria de capítulos de livros nacionais

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