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Title:Ogunde's dance choreography and the quest for national unity in Nigeria
Author:Ugolo, Christopher E.
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Nigeria
About person:Hubert Adedeji Ogunde (1916-1990)ISNI
Abstract:Hubert Adedeji Ogunde (1916-1990) was a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician who founded the Ogunde Concert Party in 1945, the first professional theatrical company in Nigeria. He grew up in an environment deeply rooted in the traditions of the Yoruba people, but the growing influence of Christianity also impacted on his work. The need to preserve his culture led him to adopt syncretism as a philosophy and an eclectic approach to production. During the colonial struggle he was detained on many occasions as a result of his overtly political plays. This paper discusses Ogunde's philosophy, focusing on his main theme of 'unity in diversity'. It examines his choreographic style, using the dance piece 'Nigeria' (1977) as an example. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]