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Title:Dance as a signifying practice: a study of 'Iri-Agha'
Author:Nwaru, Christian I.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Performance Review
Volume:2
Issue:1
Pages:29-42
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:dance
Abam
Abstract:The Iri-Agha dance is the artistic 'hallmark' of the Ohafia Igbo of Abia state, Nigeria. Usually performed during the Ozuruimo and Ugwuabia festivals, it is a war dance that re-enacts the traditional war exploits of the Ohafia. This article analyses the form and content of this dance in some detail, also paying attention to the accompanying music. The focus of the article is on the signifying or meaning-producing function of the dance. Distinguishing between literal and non-literal modes of dance communication, the article outlines how both the form and content of the dance generate meaning. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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