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Title:On staging performance: the masquerade festival of kl kt
Author:Rea, WillISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Volume:19
Issue:1
Pages:95-111
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Yoruba
masquerades
traditional festivals
anthropological research
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696810701485959
Abstract:This paper examines the ways in which the official performance of a masquerade festival in an Ekiti Yoruba town in Nigeria depends upon the action of participants taking place away from the performances that the public witnesses. In the Ekiti Yoruba town of Ikole the biannual masquerade festival is one of the most dramatic ritual events within the town. The paper examines the way that the formal presentations of masquerade within the official ritual period are underpinned by the contestations that take place behind the scenes of the festival, which in turn rely upon the differing identities that are established in the performance of differing masquerade types. Thus the paper generates a 'backstage'/'frontstage' approach to the festival and in so doing it places the performance of the participant observer within the analysis, arguing that this, within the conditions of the festival, is as much a performance as any other part of the performances called upon during the festival. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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