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Title:The playing aesthetics of Ebiran Ekuechi 'facekuerade' festival
Author:Ododo, Sunday EnessiISNI
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:This essay examines the playing aesthetics of the Ekuechi festival, a maskless 'masquerade' among the Ebira of Kogi state, Nigeria, for which the author uses the concept 'facekuerade', formed by the words Face, Masquerade, and Ekuechi. The festival is investigated from the viewpoint of a participant-audience. The author argues that play and performance are words the Ebira use in an overlapping and inextricable manner. The core aesthetic elements he identifies include the playing space, music and songs, dance, play-within-play and role playing, and aesthetic supernumeraries or entertainment activities outside the centre stage. Besides the main performer, Eku'rahu, all members of the participant-audience are part of the Ekuechi cast with vital roles that give the performance its overall aesthetic outlook. Bibliogr., note, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]