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Title: Theatrical Aesthetics and Functional Values of Ekuechi Masquerade Ensemble of the Ebira People in Nigeria
Authors: ODODO, Sunday Enessi
Keywords: Festival
Ebira People
Issue Date: May-2001
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 36
Abstract: Over the years Ekuechi festival of the Ebira people of Nigeria has drawn undue attention because of the energetic physical nuances that characterise its celebration. Little or no attention has been given to the festival as an art with functional responsibilities to the society. This essay explores the festival to investigate the dynamics of artistic theatre elements in a pure festive performance setting, and the functional relevance of the festival to the Ebira in particular and the wider society in general. Performative realities of space, spectacles, costumes, make-up, lighting, music, dance, props and the mise-en-scene, predominantly shape our aesthetic priorities in this essay. The ethnographic documentation of this festival has become very important because of its socio-aesthetic relevance in the understanding of the cosmology and artistic heritage of the Ebira people. The essay concludes that if the organisers take full advantage of modern theatre practice, the entire festival has potentials of becoming a major tourist attraction with meaningful economic and material benefits for the Ebira people.
DOI: 10.14989/68202
Appears in Collections:Vol.22 No.1

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