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Title:Body, space, and technology: interrogating conventionality in postmodern african dance theatre
Author:Nwadigwe, Charles E.
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The interface of bodies and technology in theatrical space is redefining the colour and contours of contemporary dance theatre. The application of new technologies in theatre leads to the creation of Virtual Reality (VR) in performance. It transforms the physical stage into a virtual space; the dancer's body transmutes and oscillitates, as Susan Kozel postulates, from a 'fleshly body' to a 'cyber-body'. The use of telepresence, projections and multimedia effects creates phenomenal theatrical illusions through image manipulation interwoven with the physical movements of the dancers. With the advancements in science and technology, and the complexities that characterize the (post)modern society, dance vocabulary and movement iconography have fused into nonlinear, non-realistic deconstructions that shape significations in amorphous forms in response to popular culture. The use of multimedia technologies in contemporary African dance theatre is reshaping choreographic tenets. This paper examines these trends using three dance compositions from Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa for illustration. The study interrogates the issues of form, content and audience and points a way forward. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]